Loretta Bullock, Class of ’83 and Monica Chaudhari, a friend of the Gesu community, joined forces this summer to provide meals for those in need. Chaudhari, a seasoned corporate businesswoman and small business owner, was seeking to mentor a female entrepreneur expanding a start-up business. Bullock was in the market to grow her company, Ooh Lala Salads in North Philadelphia.
The duo met through a Gesu donor and instantly connected with their mutual interests in business and empowering women.
They’ve launched a new business plan—the “buy-donate” concept. The model directly responds to the pandemic’s impact by supporting Bullock’s local business and assisting those confronting food insecurity. For a $10 donation, customers purchase a meal. Bullock’s team prepares and delivers it to a local charity partner.
The women secured more than 1,170 orders in their first venture, far surpassing their goal of 500.
Says Chaudhari, “This is the effort of one small business owner supporting the efforts of another small business owner. One sister helping another!”
Gesu School alumna and business owner Loretta Bullock '83 showcases her new business model and philanthropic spirit. (Below)
"I developed a relationship with Gesu years ago and continue to admire their positive image in the community. My business thrives today because of my relationship with this fine organization.
Gesu was instrumental in ensuring I forged a relationship with a mentor. Once I connected with this amazing woman, Monica Chaudhari, she has mentored my vision, my business and taken me under her wing, so I could learn how to spread mine. She shared with me the urgency of taking sound risks. She pushed me to implement new business ideas, which allowed me to succeed beyond expectations during this pandemic. With her guidance and wisdom, one day, I will pay it forward.
Gesu, you have been a staple in the community and certainly a giant in my life. I want to publicly thank you for the role you had in introducing me to Monica and for being such a great partner in this North Philadelphia village."
--Loretta Bullock, Class of ’83