A little loan goes a long way – a borrower’s story

“I sleep wonderfully every night and no longer have headaches. My shoulder pain has subsided and I have more energy,” is the type of patient testimony that inspired James and Caroline, owners of Divine Healing Herbs, a holistic herbal and wellness center, to search for ways to expand their services. Located in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood since 2008, they have offered alternative medicine, massage therapy, yoga instruction and dietary courses to the community. Although the business was profitable, growth became static and James and Caroline applied for a microloan to hire an additional yoga instructor, purchase inventory and office equipment and install a new security system. CNIMFG approved and disbursed a 18-month term loan to assist them so they could continue to grow as a small business and meet the increasing demands of its customers.