Total loan: $5,000


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Stafford, VA, United States / Services

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Maria's story

In December of 2001, I arrived to the U.S. from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Today, I live in Stafford, Virginia with my husband. Last year, my husband became very sick and lost his job after 25 years. We had a lot of bills and responsibilities. Suddenly, it was up to me to help him and help my family. I had always worked informally in cleaning part-time and felt it was the moment to organize my own company and grow sales. I received a tremendous amount of help and training from Northern Virginia Family Service to start my business. I officially launched in May of 2015 and so far, I've surprised myself with how much I have been able to do. My husband recovered and now is actively looking for work. We are grateful for the business, and I'm happy to have realized my potential as a business owner.