Total loan: $4,500


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Saint Petersburg, FL, United States / Services

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Jose's story

I am originally from New Jersey and spent my younger years growing up in the inner city before moving to the country. I was in foster care from the age of 12 until 18 due to growing up in a violent household and my family splitting up. As many people know children that leave foster care and have no family dynamic ( I had no contact with any family at that point) pretty much have the deck stacked against us. I was given a second chance and was determined not to waste it and become a statistic that continues to drive me now. I spent a few years in college but found out it was not for me so I started working as a landscaper and fell in love with it. As I got older I was drawn to the fertilization, insect control side of the business, really learning how feeding plants and grass was so necessary. My appetite for learning and discovering ways of dealing with issues in the landscapes and finding solutions is a driving force in my business.