Maya is divorced and a single mother with two sons. She works with people in sober homes to help them stay sober, important work, but work that provides a very modest income. She knows how these people feel and how difficult it is to stay sober because she was in their position for years; Maya has now been sober for nine years. One son lived with her in Austin and the other lived with his father, also in in Austin, when she got into a spiraling money problem.
Her income did not cover all the bills. She has a boyfriend, and the relationship is fine, but when her boyfriend lost his job some of the bills just did not get paid, particularly the electric bill that reached $3,000., and she faced having her electricity shut down.
Not knowing where to turn and reluctant to ask friends for money, Maya heard about the Hebrew Free Loan Association in Austin from her mother and sister-in-law. She had no idea if the organization would help her, but in desperation contacted the HFLA. She told her story, and the HFLA gave her $2,400. She scraped together another $600., her boyfriend found a job, and they started to pay down their bills and return the loan.
Maya was grateful for the HFLA loan and even more grateful when she asked for a four-month hiatus in repayment, and the HFLA said yes. She and her boyfriend are in a good relationship and Maya is beginning to feel on solid ground. She resumed payment to the HFLA after the hiatus, and the loan is now completely paid off.
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