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Since 1989 the Loan Fund has supported small businesses and community-based organizations throughout New Mexico - all of which have provided benefits to lower income people. Here are a few of their stories.

Turquoise Lady

Turquoise Lady has been in operation in Albuquerque's historic Old Town since 1974. In 2000 John Herrera became owner and operator of the shop. Turquoise Lady sells jewelry, paintings, pottery, kachinas, drums, carvings and many other handmade traditional and contemporary Indian art work, which is purchased from all 21 of the tribes and pueblos throughout New Mexico.

Turquoise Lady, Albuquerque, NM

John Herrera and his wife Michele live in Laguna Pueblo and used to sell their wooden carvings to the previous owners of Turquoise Lady, who still help the Herrera's out at the business.

Deckerhoff's Printing and Stationery

Deckerhoff's is a printing business, rubber stamp manufacturer and commercial copier located in Taos, New Mexico. The business was founded by Harry Deckerhoff in 1953 and is currently owned and operated by Uvaldo and Gilda Jeantete.

Deckerhoff's Printing and Stationery, Taos, NM

Uvaldo has been running Deckerhoff's since 1994 and came to the Loan Fund when he took over the business' ownership. Deckerhoff's offers custom made letterheads, flyers, envelopes, business cards, brochures, advertising cards and rubber stamps. They also print and sell a variety of papers.

Kettle Korn of New Mexico

Leonard Vigil, who has owned and operated several different businesses, is the man behind Kettle Korn of New Mexico, where he cooks and sells popcorn. Vigil's other businesses have included ranching, welding, gumball vending machines and a home d�cor business.

Kettle Korn of New Mexico

You can find Vigil popping popcorn from a Ye Olde Kettle Cooker at fairs, flea markets and other events throughout New Mexico. Vigil came to the NMCDLF in 1997 for a loan for one of his gumball vending ventures; the gumball machines are still around the Albuquerque area.

Excel Case Management, Inc.

Excel Case Management, Inc. is located in Farmington and is a private non-profit corporation that provides State mandated case management services for people with disabilities. Customers receive a variety of services including residential, vocational and therapy programs. Excel provides services to the San Juan County of New Mexico and also makes sure that people with disabilities are unified with their communities. Excel serves people ages four and up with a variety of disabling conditions and circumstances. Excel. treats each case on an individual basis, focusing on the client's specific need for services.

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