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Meet Haydé López

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haydé López. 

Hi Haydé, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Sappho’s was born thanks to the house of resilience, an organización that my partner and I created to support trans women of color in San Diego, thanks to the donations we were able to help a lot of trans community with micro-grants and free clothing events. Even tho our goal was to give housing eventually, the donations stopped, and with the little amount of money left we decided to make a safe space that was also vegan 🌱 where we can keep helping the same way but also making sure that we have a stable income for it. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not, I think one our biggest struggles have been money, people in Tijuana are not very open about the trans community and it’s really hard to get donations here, but with a lot of effort and thanks to our community we managed to survive until now, we have a long way to go with permits (a lot of them unjustified, they’ve been asking us for a lot of things we don’t really need just to get more money out of us) but after we are able to afford all that paperwork I’m sure it’ll go way smoother, even more with all the love and support we have been able to provide and receive from the community in the city . It’s really amazing to see the LGBT community gathered in place where we know we are safe 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I went to university and finished my architecture bachelor’s degree. I worked as an architect for about 4 years and realized it takes a lot of my time away, and as a person who has been a creative my whole life, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I’m an illustrator, which made me into a tattoo artist for the past year, after trying tatting for the first time I realized it’s amazing, I get to do what I love and make people happy at the same time, I think I can say I’m really proud of that, thanks to my girlfriend who randomly came with a tattoo machine one day. 

I think I do a lot of things because I Learn really fast, I learn something new, and then go on to the next, I like to learn, but also, I really like to do things for others, so I always end up using the skill to help my community 💞 

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I think I’m still starting out, starting a business of your own so young, can be really difficult, you can get really stressed out, frustrated, feeling like there’s no way out cause you’ve never done this before, and most of the times, at least in my case, you have no reference. I would say, don’t be scared to ask for help, there is always someone that knows and can make your life and the process way easier, lean on them, take some weight off your shoulders 

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