Total loan: $2,000


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San Pablo, CA, United States / Retail

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A loan helped me grow my jewelry business, buy more merchandise and rent a space to sell out of permanently.

Araceli's story

My name is Araceli and I came to the U.S. in 2002. I am originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, where I grew up and lived most of my young adult life. I have 5 children and decided to bring them to the U.S. to have more opportunity. My husband came to the U.S. 3 years prior, and I wanted to bring the family together so we all came to the U.S. 15 years ago. When we arrived, my first job was helping a woman make tamales, and then I worked for an agency doing different types of temporary work. Throughout this time, I've always wanted to save enough money to open my own restaurant. I realized that I would never be able to save enough money working for others, so I decided to open my own business to earn enough to save for my family and for my dream of opening my own restaurant one day. Six months ago, I decided that I wanted to open my jewelry business, and it has been going well ever since! I'm excited to be growing and saving money so that I can realize my dreams and support my family.