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Christina was born in Japan and moved to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. She has always loved animals, and she started rescuing kittens and cats when she was a teenager. Her dream is to become a veterinarian.

Following this dream, she was admitted by Cal Poly Pomona to study Animal Science. Unfortunately, her mother was killed when she was 17 years old. She had to leave the school to find a job to support her family. The cats and dogs she rescued during this period helped her make it through the grieving process and cope with the challenge of having to leave school and help support her family.

She has worked as a real estate agent to support her family, but her passion lies in helping animals. She knew that she needed to pursue a career that would not only make her happy, but make a difference in society and the animal world as well. Now, with her husband’s support, she has decided that this is the time to start pursuing her dream.

Christina decided to start a mobile pet grooming business. Her own money is just enough to buy a van but not enough to change it into a grooming facility. Christina did not qualify for a loan from a bank. A $9,976 Kiva loan from PACE will help her transform the van into a mobile pet grooming facility so that she can start working towards her dream. She also has a non-profit animal rescue organization and a non-profit animal hospital. The profit from this mobile pet grooming business will be used in those two organizations.

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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
  • 23
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  • $12,059,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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