Freelance photographer Mik Milman’s business came to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I photograph large groups of people for a living, so it’s quite difficult,” Milman said. “I spent over 10 years building my business. Everything was going great, then COVID came along and just like that I lost pretty much all of my work.”
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The Jewish Free Loan Association gave Milman a loan to help him stay afloat. The nonprofit JFLA offers zero-interest loans to small businesses as well as individuals affected by the pandemic.
“The people who come to us are just in dire straits,” said Rachel Grose, director of JFLA. “In general, our emergency loans have always been there to help people overcome one-off difficulties, their car has broken down, they need help fixing it, they have medical bills that they cannot. not pay, but now it’s just made worse. ”
One of those loans went to Sean Rose, who had unpaid medical bills in addition to the financial difficulties of his acting studio.
“I had medical bills and this loan was really able to help me so that I could focus on my business and the acting studio when the pandemic started and so a lot of businesses were hit hard and struggled, so it was really helpful that way, ”says Rose.
He says the zero interest loan helps him focus on his business, not how to repay what could include a very high interest payment.
“It relieved the stress because with an interest-free loan, you don’t have to worry about paying the interest and knowing where you’re going to get the funds to pay the interest,” Rose said.
Grose says individuals can receive a loan of up to $ 6,000 with the signing of a guarantor, and you don’t have to be Jewish to apply for a loan.
“We’re really here to work with you and get the money into your hands as quickly as possible,” said Grose.
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