Total loan: $5,000


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Milwaukee, WI, United States / Services

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Mercedez's story

My mother had me on her 16th birthday. Growing up was challenging because we only had my mother to depend on and she also had my two younger sisters. My grandmother struggled with addiction all my childhood and my mother's and it was hard to see her that way at times. My grandmother got sober when I was around 12 and when I was 15, I got to stay with her over the summer. I saw her change from who she used to be into something greater than herself. It inspired me to want to help other people. My grandmother passed away in November 2015 from cancer and that's when Joyce's House was born in a dream I had. Today Joyce's House is now a reality that will be helping women overcome addiction by providing safe, sober living house. This loan is essential to operating Joyce's House and continue to offer the services that our women need. With establishing this facility, we will impact the lives of 16 women annually and help employ women who are in recovery. I project that we will be able to grow our income to $100,000 by the end of next year. On a personal note, this loan will help my family to rebuild and stabilize. My husband has been paying for everything out of pocket from rental expenses for the property, water bill, electric bill, startup cost etc. There have been times we have not paid our bills at our home to cover our dream. The dream of empowering women overcome addiction just like my grandmother Joyce did. This loan will help our business function while my husband and I can financial reestablish our home for ourselves, and children.