Total loan: $4,500


Crystal Lake, IL, United States / Entertainment

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Naté's story

I grew up in a small apartment with my Mom and sister. We were on section 8 which enabled my single Mother to provide us with a good home in Palatine, IL. We didn’t have a lot, but we had each other. I always dreamed of doing something great with my life, but didn’t go a good path in high school and struggled with drugs and alcohol. After almost dying from an overdose, I decided to go into recovery at 17 and I’ve been sober ever since. That changed my life and I worked my way through college, career and family all the way to owning a business. I’ve learned so much and I’m only 40. I have two locations that are such a special part of the communities they serve and I’m so proud that I’ve turned my life around. Most people who started out like I did aren’t so lucky. So I enjoy every minute of my life. It’s a blessing to be able to do this and give back.