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Total loan: $8,000

Maria

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San Jose, CA, United States / Retail

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A loan helped a women-owned PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) business purchase supplies and equipment.


Maria's story

My story is similar to many latinas in my community in that I am a daughter, a mother, a sister, worker and wife and now business woman ( in addition to all those wonderful hats). My name is Marisa Gaska born and raised and educated in the Bay Area and admist the beginning of the pandemic I was and am still working full time, caring for my family and caretaker to my mother who is one of the vulnerable ( as she had just gone through chemo and had suffered a stroke). Initially I was mortified about COVID -19 however my mindset changed when on social media in late February I saw a post from a nurse asking if someone could sew her a fabric mask because for the first time in her nursing profession she was being asked to reuse the paper face masks. My daughters and I began sewing masks. The community became involved and we donated as well as started making face shields with a borrowed 3D printer. The monies ran out and hence my PPE business was born. My motivation comes with the knowledge we have helped and continue to keep many safe during this critical time especially those communities most vulnerable or are in need. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/coronavirus/san-jose-families-create-masks-for-healthcare-workers/2260186/