Total loan: $10,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Arts
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A loan helped me to buy new inventory and equipment for my artisanal shop.
My name is Benita Calmo. I was born in Guatemala. My family was very poor and we struggled just to feed ourselves. I came to California when I was 20 years old seeking better opportunities. It was very difficult because I speak a little known language called Mam. I had to learn how to speak Spanish and English just to survive here in the United States! I also have had the challenge of having to raise three daughters, Jessica, Ashley, and Emily while learning a new culture. The Latino community in Oakland has helped me in so many ways.