Artesania y Botanica del Sol
My name is Rocio Navarro I was born in Mexico brought to California when I was 4 years old I grew up in Oakland, CA. I have 2 kids, a 15 years old and a 11 year old. I am currently pregnant, due in September and my kids are my motivation to be my own boss.
I stopped high school because I was pregnant of my first child when I was 17 years old. For 10 years I worked hard to support my family. I was with a temp agency that would find me different jobs even though I was working as a temp I was always given supervisor positions because I was bilingual. My last position was as a supervisor at a janitorial company. I developed carpal tunnel syndrome and it was physically very difficult for me to continue. I also hated the job and realized I was ready for a change so I decided to become my own boss as I was ready to open my own store. In the past year I opened 3 shops that have goods from Mexico here in the Fruitvale. One store I am passing on to a fellow business woman to manage. The other two I will continue to manage myself. I am so happy to be my own boss I even had time to finish my GED.
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One challenge I have is that my stores are so small that no more than two customers can shop at once. There is a vacant space that would allow me to have more space to sell new products nearby. I already spoke to my landlord and he agreed to rent me the space. I am excited to achieve moving into the new space where multiple customers can shop. I currently sell candles, incense, oils , saints, books and jewelry. I would also like to bring arts and crafts from Mexico into my shop.
What is the purpose of this loan?
There is empty commercial space adjacent to my store and I want to expand to sell more merchandise. I’ve already spoken to the landlord. The extra space will cost $1,500 each month and I need to have a deposit of $2,000. The Kiva loan will help to support my first two months of rent to boost my business.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years