Marisela has always loved children and enjoyed being able to stay home with her children as they were growing up. However, when the economy slowed down in 2001, Marisela knew that she would need to start working to help supplement her husband’s income.
She initially had difficulty finding work that would be flexible enough to allow her to raise her own children until she joined the Chicano Federation Child Care Training Program and became licensed to run a daycare program out of her home. Running a daycare allowed Marisela to stay home with her children, while enabling her to support her family.
Marisela knows that taking care of children is not just about making sure nothing happens to them, but also about providing an enriching environment for them to play and thrive. She will use her $2,000 Kiva loan to make upgrades to her house and purchase additional toys and furniture for the kids under her care. She also hopes to market her business to fill her program to capacity of eight children.
With the necessary upgrades, Marisela hopes to eventually secure the necessary state license to increase her capacity to 14 children, further increasing her income and allowing her to achieve a more stable future for her family.