We are excited to announce the first winners of our Entrepreneurship Fund Kickstarter Grants!
The Entrepreneurship Fund provides financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people working to create positive social change. Starting in September 2019, we began accepting applications for our Kickstarter Grants, short-term, non-renewable grants of up to $2,000.
MORAN CLEANING AGENCY
Entrepreneur: Monique Mitchell (from Jamaica, currently living in New Jersey)
Monique was born and raised in St. Catherine, Jamaica where she graduated with six subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council. Monique later went on to study Special Education for the hearing impaired at the Mico University College, where she completed three years of college before immigrating to the USA.
When she decided to start a family, Monique had to put her studies on hold. After she had her second child, Monique lost the sight in her left eye. As a result, she faced tremendous challenges looking for work to support her family, which ultimately led to the decision to start her own business and be her own boss. Although the USA is new terrain for Monique, she is optimistic that hard work will reap rewards.
Moran Cleaning Agency offers cleaning services to businesses and other individuals who do not have the time or ability to clean their space.
Entrepreneur: Sharet Garcia (from Mexico, currently living in California)
Sharet is a proud first-gen professional born in Oaxaca, Mexico who immigrated to the U.S. when she was ten years old. Sharet has lived in the U.S. as an undocumented person for the past 27 years. With tenacity and family support, Sharet was able to earn her associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and is currently a doctoral candidate. Sharet would not have been able to achieve her goals without the support of her family who always believed in her and instilled the importance of hard work, and encouraged her to never lose hope and be proud of her culture.
Nonetheless, being undocumented and navigating both educational and career systems that were not intended for individuals like her has been challenging. Sharet had to find creative ways to pay for school and help her family, becoming very independent at a young age. However, these hardships have made her stronger and eager to help others!
Today, more than ever, Sharet is determined to share her story and come out of the shadows to say: we are here to stay! Sharet is excited to share her expertise and support other undocumented students through UndocuProfessionals, a platform she created to empower and build community among undocumented students who are transitioning into roles as undocumented professionals.
Eager to kickstart your entrepreneurial or freelance project? Consider applying for a Kickstarter Grant today. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed every month. Learn More