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Total loan: $10,000

Lakesha

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Racine, WI, United States / Services

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A loan helped a women-owned business provide safe and quality housing to vulnerable populations in her community.


Lakesha's story

Lovingkindness AFH LLC is a transitional/shared housing option for those experiencing homelessness due to low-income, aged out of foster care, seniors, formerly incarcerated, and other special needs populations. The business was started in September 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. Having to work from home provided me a lot of time to reflect on my life and assess if I am living on purpose or just existing. I decided I wanted to be purposeful in my living. I remembered my experiences which lead me to study my city to determine the housing need. From there, I knew I had to do something to help the vulnerable in the community. My journey to provide transitional housing to the vulnerable in my community derived from my own experience. As a young single mom, I found myself homeless twice due to domestic violence. I understand the shame, guilt, and embarrassment felt in this situation. I promised myself when I got out of my situation, I will help restore hope in others. During this transitional time in my life, I completed my education, secured stable employment, and became financially literate. I learned how to manage my finances and my erratic behavior to purchase my own home. I went from homeless to a homeowner and I want to serve others to help them through the tough time they may be going through. I want to make a difference in people's lives. When I was in the shelter, I saw a lot of things that can be improved. In addition, transitioning to independent living also presented challenges. Having this experience, fuels my ambition to get out in the community and make a difference.