A loan of $2,000 helped to buy furniture, books, and games for her daycare.


Maria's story

Rosalia’s Daycare is a home-based daycare that cares for and educates a total of fourteen children, ages 2 months to 9 years. The owner, Maria, started the business five years ago and her husband and kids play an active role in caring for the children as well. Maria’s husband works in construction, but with the current economic situation, work has been slow for him and the income from her daycare is the only consistent source of financial support for their family of four children. The steady income has also helped pay for her oldest daughter’s education. Maria says that she is not confident in her English skills and was always concerned that this language barrier would prevent her from getting a loan. For quite a while Maria had been making a list of all the furniture, games, and supplies she needed for the fourteen youngsters she cares for. Maria believes strongly in giving back to the community. She currently has a few clients who can’t afford to pay for childcare and she offers reduced fees. She says that she knows what it’s like to struggle and wants to help people if she can. Maria takes pride in educating the children and wants to continue to improve her center to provide quality care and ensure all her children are motivated to graduate from high school and go on to college.



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