Total loan: $2,000


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Jamaica, NY, United States / Transportation

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Bernadine's story

I was born in Trinidad & Tobago. I was raised by my grandmother, in a small rural village in the southern-most part of the island. She did her best with what she had, which wasn’t much. In Trinidad, my career options were limited. Jobs were scarce and there weren’t many opportunities for women so, as soon I was able, I migrated to the US—the land of proverbial milk and honey. And work was plentiful and I was grateful. I cleaned houses, took care of elderly people and was a live-in babysitter for families I grew to treasure. And then I decided to further my education, in order to broaden my opportunities. I always had a passion for travel. So I enrolled in the Travel and Tourism Associate Degree program at Taylor Business Institute. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. In 2001, American Airlines hired me, the job was set to begin in late September and then September 11th happened. And the travel industry took a great hit. And in the wake of that tragedy, jobs like mine, evaporated. So my plans had to change. And I ended up staying on at the transportation company where I was doing my internship. I stayed with that company for over 15 years, learning the back and front office. I worked my way up with increasing levels of responsibility and seniority. And in the intervening years I found that I had a passion and an aptitude for the business. So now I’ve started my own transportation company.