The Cook

Cheryl Smith knew something that the banks didn’t: her Brooklyn neighborhood was about to become the next big thing. People were moving there – and they were hungry for something new. Cheryl had worked in and even volunteered at different restaurants to learn about different cuisines, gain experience, and prepare to open her own place.

Most banks wouldn’t help her, but Accion did. A loan from Accion, with support from the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Program, helped launch Cheryl’s Global Soul Restaurant, which has become a neighborhood staple where locals line up around the block to wait for a table.

Cheryl the cook in New York