Success Stories

From job placements to skill sharing to promotions, the successes of our program graduates are inspirational. Here are just a few of those stories.

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Summer's Story

Micro-Business Grant Recipient

Summer started as a home baker working from her home and already had a solid base of customers. She wanted to grow her knowledge on the business side of things and wanted to eventually own her own cafe or bakery. Her signature item is her vegan cinnamon roll. While in the micro-business class, Summer showed consistency in asking questions and having the mindset of wanting to grow in business and in sales for her home bakery, Summer the Baker. Since completing the grant program, the business has grown in sales, her marketing platforms have increased by approximately 5%, and her unique treats for customers continue to satisfy a growing market in the city of Selma. She plans to have a brick-and-mortar location in the next five years.

"This was really a dream come true. This funding is allowing me to expand my menu, buy baking equipment and grow my clientele with better marketing." 


Aniya's Story

Alabama Power Internship Program

Aniya was a part of the very first cohort of the Alabama Power Internship Program at the Missions. During her interview she displayed value, ethical background, and great determination to want better for her life. She was a senior at Selma High School and is now a college student. Aniya has been matriculating in her education and is now on to her sophomore year of college. 

"I think the biggest asset of my internship is the work experience I have gained. This internship has allowed me to harness skills that I already possessed in a work environment."


Kayla's Story

Farmer's Initiative

Kayla is a part of the Farmers Initiative, where the Edmundite Missions is a source to help increase the produce of African American farmers. She brings forth a strong value and great character as a lady in her field. Kayla wanted to grow her business, Souled Out and joined our very first micro-business cohort, which included over 50 applicants. Kayla started her journey with us in our workforce development program and she received assistance awarded through the grant which was also a major advantage in the startup process. Souled Out was able to cover crucial expenses that would have diminished profits and created new debt. The funding also helped reduce debt related stress through the relinquishment of some prior business debts, allowing for an increase in business credit. Their catering, improvement on food trucks, and marketing strategies have helped the business grow in the past several months.

"I am so grateful for the privilege of being selected as a recipient for the Edmundite Missions Micro Business Grant and for all of the benefits that accompanied my participation in the process and completion."

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