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One wintry day in Portland, Ore., Sara Rodriguez decided something had to change.

Sara had just used her family’s last $5 for bus fare to find work. As luck would have it, the bus broke down and she was forced to walk miles back home through the snow, her prospects for gainful employment dashed. But Sara had a dream of opening her own tamale business, and decided to approach Point West Credit Union for help. With a micro-loan of $500 to cover initial ingredients and supplies, Sara successfully launched her business, got her family back on solid financial footing and achieved her dream of entrepreneurship.

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