Total loan: $9,000


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Tucson, AZ, United States / Education

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Laura's story

As a Latina immigrant from Mexico, I have always been blessed with having amazing mentors and people who have guided me and helped me; the entrepreneurial spirit has always been alive in me; for the great majority of my working career, I have enjoyed working with older adults, having become a caregiver at the age of 16. In 2015, along with my husband Justin and my mother-in-law Robyn, we founded Academy for Caregiving Excellence as a solution to the shortages of essential healthcare workers, such as caregivers for the aging and nursing assistants who work in a healthcare setting. At Academy for Caregiving Excellence, we help displaced and disadvantaged individuals obtain a career certification, we then connect them with employers and help them re-enter the workforce with a sustainable career that helps them not only financially support themselves and their families, but also care for aging individuals and those needing care in a medical setting. Every day, the Academy for Caregiving team, guides and empowers individuals, and as we watch them start to believe in themselves and prove to themselves that they can achieve their dreams, our mission is fulfilled, that is our reward! 90 percent of our students are female; and 6 out of 10 are women of color, many of them unemployed or single mothers returning to school. Your help and support will make it possible for us to continue providing education and connect our students to meaningful employment and a livable wage.