Shevonda A. is passionate about improving the health of her community through zumba fitness. She opened InspirationZ Studio in September of this year in order to accommodate her growing clientele. Shevonda named the studio InspirationZ because people are constantly telling her that she inspires them and she is also greatly inspired by her clients. She says that InspirationZ is not just a business, “this is from my heart.”
Her clients come to her studio because of her different style. She constantly talks to her clients, correcting their movements, motivating them, and making sure they benefit from the workout. Shevonda has built a safe space where her clients feel comfortable and supported. “We laugh, we cry, we scream,” she says.
Shevonda has already had many success stories. One of her clients has lost 58 pounds since January, has her diabetes under control, and comes to every workout even when her osteoporosis is causing her pain. “Her dedication is amazing.” Another of her clients came to her right after being hospitalized for high blood pressure. After five weeks of working with Shevonda, he had his blood pressure under control and has since lost 25 pounds.
Shevonda was referred to ACCION Texas-Louisiana by her bank when she opened a business account. ACCION gave her the chance to build credit for her business and the money to buy mirrors for the walls and possibly new flooring. She feels that her loan officer truly believes in what she is doing, and she is thankful for the opportunity she has been given to continue doing what she loves in a safer and more accommodating studio.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.