With a degree in child development, Dana has always known that she wanted to continue working with children in some way. When Dana found herself laid off a few years back, she seized the opportunity to change directions in her career.
While flipping through a community college catalog, Dana stumbled upon classes to become a supervised monitor for families that have been separated due to various reasons. She decided to take the plunge and after completing her certification, she started her own visitations and transfers business. Part of Dana’s services include observing and documenting visits between non-custodial parents and their children, helping families stick together even through difficult circumstances. Dana loves supporting these families, and has already helped five families since starting her business six months ago.
The main challenge that Dana has faced in getting her business off the ground is getting her name out there. Most of her business comes through word of mouth and existing relationships, so it has been difficult for her to have consistent work. However, Dana is confident that once enough lawyers and families know about her exceptional services, she will be able to build a stable client base.
This Kiva loan will help Dana to purchase a new computer and perform much needed car maintenance to keep it safe for transporting the families she works with. Dana is also working on a flier to market her business and hopes some additional marketing will increase her exposure.
To support her start-up, Dana is also currently teaching at a preschool but hopes to eventually be able to grow her business to the point where she could do it full-time.