Stories of Impact

Francia Buys a Home

For Francia, a single mother of three, owning her own home seemed like an impossible task. With a damaging credit score, and a pile of debt, many were skeptical that Francia could achieve her goal. But Francia wouldn’t back down. She organized a workshop on credit improvement for herself and other families, with an expert from a Boston private bank. After three years of hard work, Francia got her dream—a home for her children. Read more about Francia…

 

Gutiérrez Family Earns Family Free Tuition

The Gutiérrez family has been part of FII since 2011. For them, nothing was more important than ensuring a strong education for their two children. Through an FII IDA match to their savings and an unexpected gift, they were able to send both their daughter and son, Mariana and Carlos, to a private school in East Boston. Read more about the Gutiérrez family…

 

Beverly and Edwin Hilaire Open “A Sweet Place”

A structural engineer by trade, Edwin Hilaire, along with his wife Beverly, decided to invest in real estate when the market was booming. However, when the real estate market took a tumble, they found themselves struggling to retain their properties. In 2006, Edwin got laid off, and the pair resolved to find a new path. Using their ingenuity, family connections, and a loan from FII, Edwin and Beverly opened their own candy store, A Sweet Place. Read more about Beverly and Edwin…

 

How Tracking Expenses Afforded Cristina a New Car

Cristina Moya is part of “Las Triunfadoras” group in Boston. An inquisitive and energetic woman, Cristina is committed to living a full and happy life. During her time with FII, Cristina has worked hard to achieve her goals of purchasing a new car, improving her English skills, and attending college for paralegal studies. Using her online data tracking journal to monitor her expenses, Cristina was able to buy a new car, and is well on her way to achieving her other goals. Read more about Cristina…