Brigida moved to the United States 10 years ago to find a job that would afford her more economic opportunity in life. The Brazilian native found a job doing what she knew best – working in the beauty industry, styling nails, hair, and giving facials. In order to be able to provide beauty services for clients in her home, Brigida needed capital upfront to purchase supplies and equipment. As an immigrant, Brigida had difficulty finding a loan because she did not have a credit history. In addition, Brigida had paid all of her bills in cash. Without a history of credit, no bank was able to give her a loan. Through the Brazilian Community Center in Deerfield Beach, FL, Brigida learned from the Brazilian Small Business Networking Event hosted in Portuguese that there was capital available for small business owners in Miami, Florida. With a loan, Brigida will be able to purchase beauty supplies. With additional capital, Brigida will be able to build her future and build her business up to a full service salon.