Amanda has always worked hard to support her family, while facing a series of personal tragedies—the death of her parents, followed by the loss of her brother to cancer and her stepson to a drunk driver. Amanda made it through this difficult period, but needed to find a way to support her four children. She invested the money she had to purchase a busy street corner lot and opened a gourmet hot dog stand. Amanda’s only employees are her teenage kids who help her with cooking, cleaning, catering special events, and even bookkeeping. This helps her save money while helping her children develop a strong work ethic.
A $6,500 loan will enable Amanda to purchase an electric panel and an ice machine, which will save her both time and money. Amanda will also invest in fliers and advertisements in local newspapers to boost business.
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