A loan of $15,000 helps this Hispanic business owner expand his gym.


Mariano's story

Hi, my name is Mariano and I am the owner of Hunger & Action fitness gym in Springdale, Arkansas. I was born in California but was raised here after my parents relocated in my youth. Although I came from living in a trailer park in the City of Compton being raised by two immigrant parents, I learned to respect, love for others, and humility, and strong faith in God. I have experienced violence, gangs, and criminal activity. I have many friends who experienced the same from where they moved. Thankfully, here we got involved in the world of boxing and a great man named Robert coached us and instilled discipline, hard work, overall genuine kindness when he self-built a backyard boxing gym for us. I graduated from a local alternative school, became a father at a young age, and then began striving for a better future for my child and her mother. I realized how boxing had helped me to not only graduate high school but have the confidence to now attend business classes at the University of Arkansas and open my own gym. I give back to my community youth by providing a place for Hispanic and Latinx persons to come together in a positive and healthy place, and we were voted “Best Number 1 Gym in Northwest Arkansas” recently. The gym was a perfect platform for me and my friends to help the youth struggling like we were helped and to help anyone with personal health goals be surrounded by positivity by turning their “Hunger” into “Action”. In our two years of being open, I can say we have impacted many lives for the better with our program outreach to the area Juvenile Detention Facility, our amateur boxing classes, and our adult HIIT classes.


This loan is special because:

It will help this entrepreneur upgrade equipment and expand their business.

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.


Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.