Delia came to New York from Ecuador 13 years ago, leaving her children behind in search of a better income to support them. She worked in factories for many years until 2009, when she purchased a large freezer cart, ice cream and supplies. Delia is now happily running her business on a busy New York street corner, and sending more money back home to her children.
Delia would never have been able to afford the cart without a $2,000 loan from microlender Grameen America, an offshoot of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. Since opening its first U.S. branch in Queens two years ago, Grameen America has helped hundreds of low-income individuals-mostly women-improve their lives by lending them the funds to get small businesses off the ground.