Rebekah worked in preschool education for almost 10 years in Concord, California until 2005 when her program faced dramatic cuts. Later that year, she enrolled in massage therapy school and became a certified massage therapist nine months later. "I was still educating people, just in a different way,” says Rebekah. "People tend to think of massage therapy as a high end luxury, but it truly is needed to feel healthy."
In 2007, Rebekah began working as a certified massage therapist at Massage Envy in Walnut Creek. A few years later, she was awarded Regional Therapist of the Year 2011 after being the most requested therapist for several years. By 2012, she was appointed Lead Massage Therapist in charge of hiring and training new therapists. She realized that if she wanted to advance her career, she needed to create her own company. In January of 2013, R and R Therapeutic Massage was created.
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This loan has been made in collaboration with CAMEO(California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity) in order to build microlending capacity in California. In this partnership, CAMEO serves to support California microlenders, such as Fresno CDFI, throughout its partnership with Kiva. CAMEO’s mission is to grow a healthy, vibrant, thriving environment for all entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by advancing the work of its statewide member network.
About Working SolutionsWorking Solutions is a nonprofit organization committed to serving new and existing businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing microloans, technical assistance, referrals for local resources, and educational workshops on access to capital.
Kiva is helping Working Solutions to bring domestic microfinance to the next level of development in the Bay Area. With Kiva lenders’ help, Working Solutions will be able to expand its lending program to a larger group of borrowers and begin accepting applicants that would have otherwise not been served due to funding constraints.
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