Total loan: $10,000
Louisville, KY, United States / Services
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A loan helped a mother of four who is passionate about child development to expand affordable childcare services in Louisville, KY.
I'm Louisville born and raised. I am a married mother of four children. As a teenager, I circulated throughout the foster care system with a hopeless view of life. It wasn't until, I was shipped 300 miles from home in a group home, that I began to realize the meaning of life. Love life always, and always live life. Upon returning, I felt isolated, abandoned, and heartbroken because things weren't realistic and I felt stuck in time. Being a young child I was forced to make adult decisions. In order to get a sense of myself I sought out family. I reconnected with my siblings, and babysat family members. After some formal training I became a registered provider for the state of Kentucky. I became hooked on child development and I received a Bachelor's degree in psychology. After all my hard work in school I decided to settle down and start a family which involved searching for childcare services. After many disappointments, we made the decision to create our own space with our own values. After credit challenges, funding issues, and multiple inspections I had to figure out how to keep our growing business alive. We ( my husband and I) sacrificed countiess hours and days to make the business. The downfall is having a great business filled with children but over 85% are state funded, which means the program works off reimbursement, but our vendors must receive payment to continue to provide service. For 3 years I have been a carpenter, plumber, maintence, director, driver, electrician, teacher, and sub inside my childcare business. Recently, I have been able to step outside my business to find opportunities of growth, partnership, coaching, mentoring, assessment, and sponsorship. My goal is to expand the capacity of children served.