Allison Conley had no idea that attending a local workshop would be the catalyst for transforming her custom jewelry making hobby into a small business.
She is one of many RISE Foundation participants who have received support starting a microenterprise. RISE’s matched-savings program, Save Up, helps low-wage earners better manage their income. Participants work toward purchasing assets, such as homes, or establishing microenterprises.
Storytelling blended with art inspires Allison’s unique designs. She often personalizes her creations with materials that have special meaning. She said she expects to reach her savings goal and launch her business in 2019.