A loan of $5,000 helped to buy a much needed truck for my business. I need a way to transport tools to the different worksites.

Elmer's story

I grew up in Guatemala and moved to the United States in 1993. I was raised by my single mother, who worked extremely hard to support the two of us. I started working at a very young age in order to help make ends meet. Because of this, I was unable to attend school. When I got older, I decided to move to the United States to pursue new opportunities. I first moved to California and found work in construction. I then moved to Colorado and continued to gain experience in all types of construction work.

While immigrating to the United States did allow me many opportunities that I would not have had in Guatemala, finding jobs was not always easy. At times, it was a struggle to make enough money to survive and pay the rent. Adjusting to a new culture with new customs came with its own challenges as well, and I continue to struggle with my English skills. Because I have had to work long hours with low pay, it is difficult to make improving my English and taking courses a priority.

With my expertise in construction, remodeling, and general handyman work, I decided it might be a good idea to pursue my own business, instead of the continual struggle to find steady employment. I do all types of remodeling work, with a specialty in fixing garage doors. I wanted to become financially independent, while making my own schedule and earning more money.

In order to create a foundation for my business, I enrolled in the 13-week course Exito Para Negocios (Business Success) at Mi Casa Resource Center. With this course, I learned all that was needed to start my own business, including important techniques, along with how to identify different markets and my various competitors. I graduated from the course and although my business is still very small, Mi Casa helps me to continue moving forward with personal business counseling.

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About Duarte Construction

Industry: Construction
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years

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