Small loans are a big help in tough times

07/29/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Amanda Keppert nearly lost her hot dog stand -- and with it her life's savings -- when the economy went south. Banks repeatedly turned down her loan applications, and even a side job didn't bring in enough to meet expenses. Keppert was saved by a $6,500 microloan, an increasingly popular option for cash-strapped entrepreneurs.

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