Total loan: $15,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Services
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A loan helped to improve the operation of my business and to create more support for my employees.
At the age of 20 Anahi was on track to study law and was working for a local politician in Mexico when she decided to migrate to the United States. Her plan was to return with enough financial resources to develop college student housing in her hometown and help address critical issues her peers were experiencing such as drug addiction. In the U.S. she started out working in bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants where she experienced exploitative working conditions. She then spent the next several years as a worker-owner for various house cleaning cooperatives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she pursued every possible learning opportunity for developing a business. One of those opportunities has been with Prospera, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing Latina-owned worker cooperatives. In 2017 Anahi launched Professional Eco Cleaning, an eco-friendly house cleaning business that is dedicated to the personal and professional development of its employees. All this time she has continued to provide financial and moral support to her family in Mexico, which has led to her mother launching a stationery store. Today, in addition to growing her business, she presents workshops for emerging Latina entrepreneurs on developing businesses with cooperative values. She is also actively engaged in feminist movements in Mexico and the United States, and is in the process of developing a social enterprise that has an explicit feminist mission. She is the proud mother of two with whom she instills her entreprenurial and feminist values. She continues aiming for a life that has deep roots both in Mexico and the United States.