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Total loan: $6,000

Shakeera

West Haven, CT, United States / Services

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Shakeera's story

My name is Shakeera Nelson, I grew up in the Bronx, NY and moved to Westchester and attended middle and high school in Yonkers, N.Y. I was raised in a single parent household often witnessing mother handle everything in stride, I had a good childhood and never understood all the burdens my mother had to endure until I now have a daughter of my own. I did not have much of a relationship with my father and was always independent. I think that my upbringing was the growth of my entreprenuial spirit. As a child I always wanted to own my own business and always aspired to have more than an average "Job". At 18 attended Morgan State University for my undergraduate degree, also at 18 and in my first year of college I joined the Army National Guard, as a means to try something new as well as alleviate some of the bills and burdens of student loans. I graduated college with honors in 2005 and completed my 8 year term in the Army in 2009 with an honorable discharge. I later decided that teaching was my passion, I always loved helping children and always took jobs through my college years that gravitated towards this field, such as an assistant teacher, a mentor, tutor etc. In 2007 I obtained my Master's Degree in Education from the University of Maryland. I began construction of my business in 2012, and throughout this time I got diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2013 when my daughter was 2 years old. I underwent chemo and radiation as well as a double mastectomy and am happy to say that I am almost 7 years cancer free! I am blessed to be surrounded by loving, caring positive people and live everyday like it's my last and I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.