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Aug 17, 2016 10:39 AM ET

Archived: Marisol – Botanica Abre Caminos: I sell candles, incense, soaps and other beauty products in my small shop

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 17, 2016


United States
Oakland, United States / General Store
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Marisol ‘s story

My name is Marisol and I grew up in Mexico City, Mexico. I got pregnant when I was 16 years old. My parents and my fathers son didn’t want to support us when they found out I was pregnant. I was left to fend for myself. I wanted a better life for my son so I decided to immigrate to the United States while I was pregnant. The stress of traveling to the U.S. caused my child to be born three months premature shortly after my arrival. I met a man in the U.S., got married and a couple of years later had my second son.

Learning a new culture and raising children at a very young age at the same time is extremely challenging. Without a formal education I struggled to gain meaningful employment. I worked in janitorial services for ten plus years while raising my sons. A few years ago I began going to community college to study criminal justice while working and taking care of my kids. 

This loan is special because:

It supports a women-owned candle business in Oakland, CA.

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More about this loan

Business Description

I began Botanica Abre Caminos a little over a year ago. I sell candles, incense, soaps and other beauty products in my small shop. I work seven days a week and I can’t remember the last day I took off. Most of my customers are Hispanic but I also cater to some tourists.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan reduces my overall costs by purchasing in bulk while increasing my operating profit margin. This loan will allow me to expand into other products in the future.

About Botanica Abre Caminos

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years

A loan of $2,500 helps me to purchase candles, soaps, oils and other products in bulk.

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