Gloria says there aren’t many commercial janitorial businesses in her hometown of Fordoche, Louisiana, but among the few, her business, Pointe Coupee Janitorial, does a better job and works with the others in the event she cannot take care of a project.
With 32 years of experience, Gloria decided to re-enter the janitorial industry when her late husband became disabled and she needed flexible work hours in order to care for him.
The five-year-old business employs additional help when necessary, but Gloria prefers to work alone. She has the potential to expand her business, but chooses not to at the moment. “I want to make a living, I don’t want to make a killing,” she says. “I need this work to give me peace of mind.”
A returning client of Accion Texas Inc., Gloria plans to use her loan on buffers and commercial vacuums, as she can’t transport these materials between the six businesses she works with weekly.
“I do enjoy cleaning,” she says. “I want my clients to know that.”
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.