I am a single mom trying to raise funds to help me equip my own business, a dream that I've had for over 15 years. Its always been a dream to be self employed, I started working in the party business over 20 years ago and fell in love with it. I do feel a bit strange asking strangers to help me, feels a bit selfish when there's probably so many better causes for people to donate too, but I thought I'd give it a try, you never know, and to me and my son, this is a big cause, helping build our financial freedom after struggling for so many years. I love creating beautiful gifts and decorations. Due to personal circumstances I gave up and went into child care, it enabled me to be with my son growing up and I have loved doing it. I've made a few unfortunate choices in my life, I'm not looking for sympathy, I've made mistakes, trusted the wrong people and been left with nothing. I suffered depression and low self esteem and had no confidence in my abilities so gave up on my dream. I've since gotten help and changed my attitude and want to get this business going. Since putting in more effort over the last year I have started growing, I got myself registered, created my own website, which is very basic.. The big thing holding me back is money. Needing to buy stock to make examples, buy equipment, get some good advertising, get a more professional website, I can't take out business loans due to some personal financial problems. I want to do this, I'm 43 years old and want to live and do what I am truly passionate about. I'd also love the opportunity to study wedding and event planning, something I've never been able to afford. I am hard working, I have a full time job, a mom, as well as getting my business going and know I can do this, I have built myself up in the last 6 years after losing everything, I don't give up. I just need the financial help. I plan on converting a room into a work space and stop using my house as storage. I want to get the correct equipment to be able to do balloon and gift deliveries, and hopefully get into party decorating and not relying on a little bit here and there that I can spare from my salary,or having to borrow from family. I want to do it properly! I need to start living the life I want. Any amount, no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. I don't like asking for help, but I've come to realize it's the only way I'm going to succeed. I've added pictures of some of my past work.