This is my story.
I’m ethical vegan woman. I am atheist. I belive in love
and in its power. I think it is the only way for save us
and our world. Five years ago I started searching and
reading unconvetional sources of information to
understand better the concequences of industrial
capitalism. Many associations, organisations, groups
kept saying how incredibily important protect, conserve
and help the environment but too often these requests
are almost never heard.
Three years ago I was without work and I decided to open
a place where people can find informations to
sustainably and ethically live on this planet.
I had no money to realize my project. I took a state
funding for women entrepreneurs and I started my project
in Italy, in Tuscany. This project was my dream: I
opened a shop of organic products grown and produced by
small family-run farms. All packings were biodegradable
and compostable. The space was cosy and quite homey.
I had made a dream and I was happy to create an
alternative to the traditional markets.
Unfortunately little progress has been made during these
last years and large retailers are attracting more
customers through the strength of their offer as a
result of the economic and financial crisis.
Small shops like mine were suffering the most.
I started this project alone. I’m still alone. I worked
hard, I pushed myself in these 3 years but it didn’t
matter. Taxes are so high, there’s no way to get ahead.
Everything I’ve cashed I repaid to taxes, electric
bills, bank interest, etc… I never had a salary for
me. Now I don’t even have enough money for electric
bills and my debts is increasing constantly.
I CAN’T CLOSE MY SHOP: this is the biggest problem.
The state funding provides that my shop must open for 5
years and if I close my shop before this time (I have
two more years) I have to give back all that money en
bloc. My hands are tied. Banks don’t give me credit
because I have debts and I can’t close the shop because
I don’t have money.
Please, help me to close my shop. I want to leave Italy
and start a new project in a place where Life is
considered to be more important than money.
This is the first time that I asked some help but there is no other solution.
I need 50.000,00 euro to be free again.
Thank you all! and excuse me for my English!
Only love <3