Total loan: $8,000


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Chula Vista, CA, United States / Health

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A loan helped to pay for licensing costs, furniture and office start-up costs.

Miguel's story

Five minutes with Miguel, and you’ll know he’s in the right line of work. Miguel is a pioneer in educating the local Latino community about hospice care, and his passion for and experience in the hospice industry is immediately evident when you talk to him. Miguel began as a student in Osteopathic Medicine, but decided after one year that practicing medicine was not for him. He wanted to have a greater impact on his community and felt he could achieve this by working as an administrator in the healthcare field. After moving to San Diego about a year ago, Miguel fell in love with the hospice care industry. He also noticed a need: of those who are eligible, only 7% of Latinos use hospice, compared to about 55% nationally among all ethnic groups. Always one to back up his convictions with action, Miguel is now opening his own hospice business that caters specifically to Latino clients. He hopes that his new business will help dispel some of the hesitations and barriers that prevent Latino families from giving their loved ones the care they need. His Kiva loan will go towards licensing costs, as well as for furniture and office start-up costs. Miguel hopes his hospice business will be the most culturally sensitive hospice in San Diego County, and that he will eventually help the Latino community to turn the corner when it comes to hospice and supplemental healthcare.