Darnester and her husband founded Spring Ridge Academy, a four-star day care for pre-school aged children in greater New Orleans. They just opened a second facility in Westwego, Louisiana. Darnester and her husband are truly devoted to improving day care in Southern Louisiana. Their first facility is the only four-star rated day care in the area.
A true advocate for quality child care, Darnester points out that Louisiana ranks 49 out of 50 in the United States for quality child care. She wants that ranking to change and is doing whatever she can to improve the quality of child care in Louisiana. She is both a Louisiana Pathways Trainer (Child Care Career Development System) and an adviser to the Child Development Association (CDA). Darnester's dream is to make Spring Ridge Academy a five-star facility and to achieve National Accreditation for her day care facilities. She is well on her way to making that dream come true.
About ASI Federal Credit Union
ASI Federal Credit Union has been experiencing an increased rate of defaults. This is possibly related to the experimental nature of the loan products the organization provides. In order to serve asset-poor communities in New Orleans -- including many still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill -- ASI offers loan products designed to help people start and grow businesses even if they don't have extensive collateral, credit histories, or business experience. For these reasons, these loans also carry a higher level of risk than typical loans on Kiva.