A loan of $8,000 helped a transportation service in Maine hire more employees and expand its services.
Portland, ME, United States
My name is Ayesha and I was born in the vibrant city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. In the summer of 1996, I got married and came to the United States. We moved to the beautiful city of Portland, Maine, which became our home where I raised our two children. I came to the United States not knowing any English, so I enrolled in Portland Adult Education where I took language and accounting classes. It was there that I learned to express myself, received my GED, and gained the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the banking industry for more than 15 years. Previously, I had worked at Walmart and helped my husband with cleaning offices for his cleaning company while raising my children. It was the positive feedback from my time helping at my husband’s cleaning company doing management and human resources work, and my many customer service and achievement awards as a banker, that gave me the encouragement that I could one day establish my own business.