Alexandra Del Gaudio, Daniela Del Gaudio
The Wild Plum – Holistic Spa and Yoga Center
1032 N Maclay Ave,
San Fernando, CA 91340
THE WILD PLUM
Our purpose is to make the practices of yoga and mindfulness accessible to all people, to create a healing environment where people of all backgrounds (shape, size, race, identity, socioeconomic status, and age) can find respite and self-renewal.
Our business fulfills a deep void in our community of promoting health and alternative healing services and challenging the norm of our culture that has made health and wellness a luxury and only made accessible to a privileged class.
WHY WE DO IT
We spent many years observing the degradation of health in our own family as well as our greater community, with the shameful disparity between classes in access to quality of food and health promoting programs.
WHY WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
It is where we grew up. It is our home. It is so full of rich Latin culture and connects us closer to our roots.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WE FACED
Finding access to capital and business mentorship. Coming from a low income, working class background, friends and family had very little to offer and investors were not exactly in our ecosphere. It took us 10 years of personal savings to get enough money to self-fund our business (banks nearly laughed in our faces when we applied for business funding).
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