A loan of $5,000 helped league fees and new team uniforms.

Christopher's story

Chris has done what many people only dream of -- he has started working full-time combining two of his passions, kids and football! A former professional football player, Chris had the idea of organizing a kids' football league for many years. The idea came to him when he was coaching his youngest son's team. Chris has a good eye for football talent and wanted to help local kids. Finally, in 2008, he assembled of team of volunteers and went for it!

One of Chris's goals was to be able to provide opportunities for kids who were not able to join football leagues because of financial burden. In his first league, he put four teams together and involved his small community in Idaho by letting them sponsor those who couldn't pay to join the league themselves. Lately, his biggest challenge in tough economic times has been continuing to find funding to expand the league.

By googling "minority business loan," Chris found out about ACCION USA on the Internet. In the past, he had used his personal credit card to pay for league-related expenses, which conveniently allowed him to access cash immediately, but had an interest rate that was unsustainable for larger loans.

Chris will use this loan to pay for new uniforms, which he says will help build team pride and attract more team members, and to pay for next season's league fees in advance at a discount. Chris hopes he can dedicate himself fully to coaching the team once the business grows to a point where it can sustain his family. He dreams of taking his team to the highest levels of minor league football, perhaps even entering the professional arena one day.

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