Total loan: $3,500


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Westbrook, ME, United States / Retail

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A loan helped an immigrant-owned African grocery store improve its equipment, purchase inventory, and hire staff.

Batista's story

My name is Batista. I am from South Sudan. I finished middle school in Africa and am working on completing my GED. This is complicated at the moment as I am a single father of two children -- two boys. From South Sudan, I went to Khartoum, and from there I went to Cairo in Egypt. The reason I left was because of the civil war in my country and I wished to find a better life for my family. From Egypt, I then came to Portland, Maine. Since the moment I came to the United States, I have been supporting my mother and trying to get her to make it over here. This is why I am working hard, trying to build a business of my own, building and creating a better life for my family. Back home, I was a mechanic but when I arrived in Maine I worked for Barber Food with the machine operator, and I also worked with Ready C Food as their maintenance supervisor for 7 years. I also worked with the Aucus as a machine operator for three years, and now I am currently working for HB Hood in shipping and receiving, and of course, supporting my business by working every morning.