It All Started with Soup

Rebecka has a passion for healthy food.

A couple years ago, she started dehydrating vegetables from her garden, putting them into soup mixes and giving them to her family members. Word soon spread and Rebecka developed a small customer base. She remembers traveling to their first food show and selling out within hours.

“That’s when I realized we had a business,” she said. Soup ‘n More was born.

So Rebecka and her husband Allen converted the living room into a commercial kitchen. But they quickly outgrew the space. And that’s when they turned to REAP for help.

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is a small business development program unlike any other. REAP was started by the Center for Rural Affairs in 1990 to meet the needs of self-employed rural people.

Since then, it has grown to be Nebraska’s largest supporter of microenterprise, assisting entrepreneurs often when no other lending capital is available. REAP provides new and existing businesses with:

  • Technical assistance
  • Financing
  • Networking
  • Business Training

REAP worked with Soup ‘n More to secure a USDA RMAP loan to purchase a storefront building in Lyons, Nebraska. It was important to act quickly while the building was still available, so REAP Loan Specialists expedited the process. In under two weeks they had the key to the building.

Today their commercial kitchen and natural food store supports four employees, seven local farmers, and over a dozen local vendors. Over the internet, they sell their products all over the country and to several foreign countries. With REAP’s help, Soup ‘n More is now a thriving business and a rural success story.

Find out more about how REAP can help your small business.