A loan of $5,000 helped to pay for the rent for her dance school.


Joy's story

Joy started dancing at the age of three. When she was eight years old, she took a class at a studio with a friend and she absolutely loved it. The trial class was free, so the next weekend when she attended with her friend again, she gave the receptionist a paper bag full of change from her allowance, hoping it would be enough to pay for the class. She danced six days a week throughout her elementary, junior high and high school. She also attended Cal State Long Beach to learn dance for two years. It is an understatement to say Joy has been “lucky” to have had the opportunities she has had as a child until now in the dance world. She truly believes she has been tremendously blessed, and she knows that she was born to dance and to pass her gift of love and passion for the art along to growing children and teens. With this passion, she has now opened her own dance studio to teach children and teens how to dance. This KIVA loan will help her to rent the space for the studio.



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