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Supporting my Wife's Dream

Organized by: Richard Riddle

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In April of last year my Thai wife decided that she wanted live the American dream, and start her own mobile food truck business selling Thai food. As her husband I had two choices, support her or fight. I chose to support her. The start up cost was so much more than we could have ever predicted, nearly double our loan amount, and drained our savings that we were counting on to carry us into the new year outdoor events/festival season. Now we are going through very rough financial times barely able to live paycheck to paycheck, and, in fact, counting on very stretched credit cards to carry us through but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A very bright light indeed. For one, at the end of February my company starts a big project, and my monthly income goes way up with the over time I will be earning. But that first check will not be until March. AND in March the outdoor events/festival season begins which means her income from the food truck goes way up as well. In fact, she has the opportunity to attend one event the third week of March (an arts festival) that would not only make up for the loss of her pay for the year but also pay off the loan for the food truck altogether!!! This year really promises to be a great year for us!!! We just have to make it until March, and be able to afford the cost of attending that arts festival. That is the rub. We can scrimp and scratch our way until March with our bills, maxing out our credit cards, and playing shuffle board with the bills, eating rice, Ramen noodles, and beans. In fact, that was the plan until we were offered the opportunity to attend the arts festival. We will be one of 21 food vendors serving 750,000 plus people over 6 days. A conservative income estimate for us in just at $88,000 based off past vendors performances. This means we would have to purchase a lot of the food, food service containers, plastic ware, and extra equipment way in advance in preparation for the event. For example; serving roughly 1,500 people a day (low end estimate) means 1,500 food containers a day. The containers come 100 a pack, at $8.96 a pack. So 15 packs at $8.96 is $134.40 times 6 days is 90 packs at $806.40. We have to buy these in advance, and that is just the food containers. We are also going to need more refrigeration ( I am looking at used appliances) for all the food items we must purchase in advance, not to mention the cost of all the food. Oh, and the cost to attend the event is $805 due in February. Money we do not have, and have no hopes of being able to obtain. I have looked into getting another loan from several places, as well as getting more credit cards. No one is willing to help us at this time because of the fact that we are struggling. We have been the supporters of her family over seas, and I have none. So, I am appealing to you fine folks for help. I have done all I can to help my wife realize her American dream, and we are just a couple of months away from it coming true. Can you please help us? Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


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