A loan of $8,225 helped to pay for coat hangers, plastic covers and zippers.

Mariana's story

Since she was young, Mariana loved sewing and clothing. After she immigrated to the US from her native Portugal in 2000, she went into business with her very own tailoring business. Eventually she expanded this business into dry cleaning. For over ten years, she has enjoyed success and has become well known in her South River, New Jersey community.

However, this success stands in stark contrast to the disaster Mariana faced in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy struck. With the borough of South River being so close to the Raritan River, the storm hit Mariana’s business and community harder than most. Many of the businesses located on her street are still shut down, without any plans of returning. Although Sandy forced Mariana to close for three months, she has worked hard to make 2013 a bounce-back year. Her revenue is now caught up to where it was before the storm, and she has replaced much of the supplies that she lost.

However, she still has more work to be done, and is still catching up with the damage from flooding and three months of closed business. Mariana will use this loan to pay for coat hangers, plastic covers and zippers she needs to run her tailoring and dry cleaning business.

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