The SAFT loan has had the biggest impact on all my staff. Prior to receiving the funding they have been stressing about not having any money for food. So absolutely no doubt, it has and will continue to help them through this crisis. All 3 of our businesses – Arbour Café, Voodoo Lily & Calexico plus The Dark Kitchen (a virtual restaurant/delivery only service) – were severely hit. Calexico had to close immediately when the new liquor laws were announced whilst Arbour Café & Voodoo Lily experienced a drop of 80 to 90% even 2 weeks prior to the lockdown.
It was an easy process applying for the SAFT loan and the CEO of Employee Benefits at FnB was an incredible help in processing the applications and assisting along the way.