Total loan: $10,000
San Francisco, CA, United States / Food
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US Naval Veteran, mother of twin boys and two dogs, and a loving partner. My name is Carlina Williams and I am a San Francisco native and aspiring businesswoman. Although I was an honor student every year from elementary through high school, I decided to put off college and join the navy. Coming from a very rough part of town, I wanted to get away, see the world, earn a living and become an adult. I served for five years as a Master at Arms, or Military police at naval bases in the US and Guantanamo. I got a lot out of my time in the Navy. I was able to save up and help out my friends and family financially. I used the GI bill to go back to school. And I developed tremendous self-discipline, judgment for reading people and situations in often intense circumstances, the ability to stand up for myself, and a love of team work. When I came home I knew I wanted to start my own business. I had a lot of responsibilities though. I was working, going to school, and raising my boys. But thankfully, I never quit driving towards my goal. My mother always told me “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”