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Delora Beal, at Dupaco’s Sycamore branch in Dubuque, Iowa, reached her 12-month savings goal: Funding for a reliable vehicle that helped make her eligible for a promotion at work. (D. Klavitter/Dupaco photo)

In 2009, Delora Beal faced a seemingly impossible career challenge. 

She had recently improved her life by finding stable housing at Manasseh House, a non-profit apartment complex for homeless women in Dubuque, Iowa. And, she had been hired as a cashier at a nearby Hartig Drug store. 

But her path forward at the local company, which had a history of promoting women, was blocked by one simple fact: she lacked a car.

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