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Tanitra grew up as the youngest of three children in the small artistic town of Fairbanks, Alaska. She left home at the age of 18 to pursue her musical aspirations and to study clarinet and music education at UCLA. She taught music classes in Compton, California, for three years while in school. She noticed the large gap in music education programs available to students of color; they did not have any programs outside the UCLA students.
Tanitra’s four year old son is a strong motivator behind her passion to create musical opportunities for the community. When her son started to play an instrument, she could not find a suitable program without driving through LA traffic. In 2011, she started the Southern California Fine Music Center (SCFMC) to provide quality music education through on-campus music programs in the Inglewood Unified School District. Tanitra also provides education through parks and recreation programs, summer music camps, and private lessons throughout Southern California. She has assisted over 80 low-income children in the city of Inglewood.
Now, because she has more students, she needs to move her music school from her house to a studio in Inglewood. Tanitra will offer regular community music classes that introduce families to the possibilities of a music education. Because her business is a start-up, she couldn't get a bank loan, so she approached PACE for a Kiva loan. She will use the $9950 loan to buy musical instruments and lease the studio.
The academy will offer classes for all levels of experience and ages, infants through seniors. SCFMC will operate two instrumental music camps during the 2013 summer in the Inglewood / Ladera Heights area, saving parents the long drive to other cities to enhance their child’s education through music.

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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 Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) is a large nonprofit community development organization based in Central Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1976, PACE offers training to low-income individuals and families to help them meet the challenges of employment, education, housing and business development.

Kiva lenders’ funds are used to support even more people, especially those who attend training sessions but who PACE is unable to serve because of capital constraints. The funds are also used to ease the organization’s loan collateral requirements.

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,684,675
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