Total loan: $3,000


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Gilroy, CA, United States / Retail

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A loan helped an established business add a new product line by buying speakers in bulk to sell at the flea market.

Ana's story

I am from Acapulco, Mexico, but I got to Tijuana when I was 15 years old. I had worked 3 jobs for a year to save for this, but I decided to hitchhike to save as much as possible for my new start. My first job in Tijuana was in a Panasonic site fixing TVs - this is where my interest in electronics was born. I worked in Tijuana for 8 years and then decided to move to the US. It was very hard at first because no one responded to my job applications, and also living in California without a car was a huge struggle. After all my attempts, the only job I could get was at a car wash - which funny, because back then I didn't even know how to drive. It turned out that after a few months I was made the car wash manager, what didn't seat well with my male coworkers. I worked there for 7 years but ended up having a back injury, so I had to move on and started working at a bar. During this time, I started selling my boss' old used items at yard sales and I realized how much I like selling, so I decided to focus on this and started my own sales business out of the flea market. It was hard at the beginning until I understood the ins and outs of the purchase side of the business. Besides selling, my hobby is photography: ever since I was a little girl I liked photographs. I used to watch the big old cameras and think that I would never be able to own one. Then, during my time in Tijuana, I bought myself my first camera and have been taking pictures ever since.