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In this tough economy, Sam was looking for an opportunity to provide for his family’s financial security, but he never imagined that he would find inspiration while walking through the mall one afternoon.

Sam is the owner of BouncyLand, an indoor children’s play space and recreation zone located inside a suburban shopping mall. “Since we opened, I’ve enjoyed watching the families come and have a good time together. It’s nice to see that even in this economic crisis, parents still make their children’s happiness a priority. We do it all for the kids.”

Sam, a father of two and originally from Morocco, poured his life savings into BouncyLand to get his business up and running and turning a profit. “I’m very proud of our success; especially that I employ four people in my business. It feels good to give someone a job.” Sam now wants to upgrade the play space to make it safer, but, despite his good credit, he was declined for a loan from his bank.

A $10,000 loan, approved by Opportunity Fund, will allow Sam to invest in safety improvements at BouncyLand, including new floor mats and carpeting. “There’s no limit to what I can achieve now that I’m my own boss. I’m giving kids a safe place to play and parents the chance to relax and have fun with their children. I love what I’ve created here.”

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,458,300
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