Stephanii is the owner and operator of Whole Approach, an integrative healthcare business. Stephanii started the business on a part-time basis at the beginning of last year. She is now turning it into a full-time endeavor. For the most part, the integrative healthcare Stephanii practices involves ‘alternative’ approaches to medicine including massage, reiki, and nutrition. Stephanii says her reiki training came at a time when she was experiencing deep personal struggle and didn’t have a lot of resources or support at the time. It was at this point that she began to understand the need for self-care. Stephanii business model showcases her commitment to helping create positive change within her community, and she collaborates with many outreach programs throughout Victoria. ‘The way that I live my life really drives me to do this’, Stephanii says. Whole Approach ‘is about Self-Empowerment through Health-Empowerment’. She is planning on using space in the apartment she currently rents to see clients and provide treatments. To expand her existing client base, Stephanii would like to re-brand her business and overhaul her website to better convey her approach. She is applying for loan of $2,450 to rebrand her business, renovate space in her apartment to create a treatment room, and, purchase a business license and insurance.
A previous supervisor of Stephanii’s found her to be ‘thoughtful’ and says Stephanii was ‘always looking for solutions’ to various problems. She says Stephanii did a ‘great job’ and she would ‘definitely have her again’. A former client says Stephanii is ‘really committed to making a difference to people and she was ‘really satisfied with her service’. She says she ‘definitely felt better’ after seeing Stephanii.
Stephanii’s credit file indicates that other than student loans, she has a relatively small level of debt and has been disciplined about making her payments. The size of Stephanii’s student loans is in line with what one would expect of a someone who completed an undergraduate degree and further education.
Stephanii says her personal approach to treatment and health involves ‘sharing knowledge and learning together’. ‘I like to inspire curiosity through my work.’ The loan will give Stephanni to opportunity to not only build a business, but also share her knowledge and inspire curiosity in more people.