Total loan: $9,000


Jamaica, NY, United States / Services

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A loan helped a minority woman-owned business overcome challenges posed by COVID-19.

Salma's story

I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh in an initially struggling young parents' household who were just a few years into their professional life. My father worked a government job earning a wage just decent enough to live by. However, my parents would try to save from this by cutting out all personal luxuries and invested the amount into business. Over time they bought real estate and invested in several businesses making the financial hardships go away. As a little kid I was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever and had to stay home and unable to attend school until fifth grade when I finally got better enough. I still struggled with the disease however managing to graduate high school, earning a bachelors and a masters degree from National University, Bangladesh. Soon after with little savings I invested with some partners into a small food processing business that grew to a stable company over time and I served as a Director for over a decade. My son moved to the US for his studies and to support him, we moved here as well as investors and started over with a small business. From my parents' financial struggles to my life long struggle with a disease, I have learned to be resilient and to always come up strong no matter how difficult times tend to be. And I know I can fight my way through the current business difficulties due to Covid-19.