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Everlyn started working at a Catholic private school called Queen of Angels Academy in 1977 as a teacher and later became principal in 1999. In June 2012, she decided to take it over when the diocese wanted to close the school, renaming it Affirmation Academy. Now, nearly 37 years later, Everlyn is managing the school of 70 students, grades K-8, with many of the same staff who started working with her at Queen of Angels.

Everlyn is a passionate educator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in urban education from Rutgers University and later her Master’s in administration and supervision from St. Peters University. After graduation, she decided to stay and work in her neighborhood of Newark, NJ.

Affirmation Academy, Everlyn describes, is challenging and academic-focused. The school utilizes an integrated literacy-based curriculum, and is unique in that it provides an inclusive, caring environment without excusing laziness. Classes are small, with fewer than 15 students in each. Students are encouraged to give back to their community as well.

Eventually, Everlyn would like to be able to reduce tuition costs for parents, and to become a charter school. Her vision is for Affirmation Academy to expand into a larger high school.

In August of this year, Everlyn started making moves toward this vision and transported the school to a new and better site in Newark. The funds from this loan will help with the expenses of relocation.

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This loan is part of the Kiva City Newark initiative in partnership with the Intersect Fund. Kiva City Newark is a subset of Kiva City, a program that allows Kiva lenders to make microloans to small businesses in the United States with the help of community organizations and U.S. Field Partners.

About The Intersect Fund

The Intersect Fund (IF) is a rapidly growing, nonprofit microlender and a certified Community Development Financial Institution that equips entrepreneurs in low-income areas of New Jersey with the skills and capital they need to build profitable businesses. Since inception, the organization has served more than 500 entrepreneurs. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to impact an even greater number of entrepreneurs in New Jersey and help them boost their incomes.

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  • $54,800
    Average annual income
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  • $12,982,700
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $7,425 helped Everlyn to fund the relocation of a longtime K-8 school in Newark.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
19 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 15, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2015