Here is entrepreneur Emani Outterbridge of Philadelphia. She’s standing in front of her invention, the yarn vending machine. Outterbridge is a master crochet artist and offers professional consultations in that craft. While recovering from a broken foot, developed the idea of a vending machine that could dispense yarn skeins. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
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While recovering, Outterbridge used the time to consider ways to earn money. A vending machine wouldn’t require her to pack orders and deliver in a cast. So she set out to raise money to finance three vending machines. She spread word of her campaign on social media, inviting people to shop from her site or to donate. It worked. Outterbridge raised $10,000 and launched her first machine last week, selling about 100 skeins of multicolored yarns.