This loan will help Ivan improve his Karate studio to provide better services and classes to his students.
Venezuelan athlete Ivan has a large number of regional and world championships under his black Karate belt. But despite the many titles he’s accrued over the years, one of his dreams remained unfulfilled: that of opening a Karate academy as an afterschool program for children. When Ivan and his wife moved from Venezuela to Deerfield Beach, FL eight years ago, the couple began the Traditional Karate Center of Florida, an academy designed to not only teach Karate skills but also to inspire children to live a healthy lifestyle.
Ivan offers Karate lessons for kids and adults as well as bodyguard training, while his wife runs an afterschool program to help the working parents within the community. The afterschool program currently has a waiting list of 45 students. Ivan and his wife are looking to remodel their studio space to better accommodate their many classes and large enrollments. This loan will allow them to paint, remodel the floor, and fix the door to create a safer and more comfortable space for their community.