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Total loan: $10,000

Carlina

San Francisco, CA, United States / Food

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A loan helped our fresh juice catering business continue to grow and develop market share in San Francisco, California.


Carlina's story

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.”