Total loan: $10,000


Flag of United States
Tarzana, CA, United States / Arts

Toni's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to open another dance studio; she needs money for tenant improvement.

Toni's story

The Elite Dance Center was Toni’s lifelong goal. Since she was five years old, she wanted nothing more than to not only be a dancer but to own a dance school. Growing up, dancing was the one thing in life she looked forward to in her week. She came from a not so great home; they had very little money. Toni decided very young that she would put in whatever work was needed to achieve her dream. Elite is now approaching its third year and it still sometimes feels like a dream. Toni calls it the “miracle dance studio” because without some work of God, it would have never happened. Dreams are being lived and built here. Toni’s students are her most precious part of Elite. There is nothing better than helping and watching them achieve everything they want as well. Like any business the financial part can often hold a strain. Toni started this business with nothing of her own, but with the help of organizations like VEDC she has been able to push through. Each year things look up and this loan will help her make it through those dreaded summer months of almost no income. Toni appreciates all that Kiva does. What happens at Elite every day is amazing, and Toni herself, her staff, and her students thank you.