She has worked as a hair stylist for 13 years. She studied hairstyling and accounting and began her career working at her family's business as an accountant. She worked for many years at the family company, but while she was working there, her mind was still on hairdressing.
After her workplace was destroyed in an earthquake, she lost her job and had a difficult time. She worked in her cousin's beauty salon, which her cousin wanted to pass on. Her husband, knowing she liked hairdressing, surprised her by buying and giving her the salon. He told Leyla, "Now this place is yours."
After taking over the salon, she adding a waxing room, updated the furniture and added personal care (hair and skin care). She is pleased with the state of the salon now. She will buy supplies for the salon with the loan from Maya. She is satisfied with her work, she says. Now she aims to train her employees and teach them the business, profession and business ownership.
Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Leyla Apaydın evli ve ,bir tane çocuğu var. 13 yıldır kuaförlük yapıyor.Kuaförlük ve muhasebe okumuş. İş hayatına ailesinin iş yerleri olduğundan onların yanında muhasebeci olarak başlamış. Uzun yıllar da aile şirketinde çalışmış. Bu işi yaparken,aklı hep kuaförlükteymiş. Depremde iş yerlerini kaybettiklerinden işsiz kalmış ve çok zor günler geçirmiş. Şu an çalıştığı kuaför dükkanı ,kuzeninindi ve devretmek istiyordu. Eşi kuaförlüğü sevdiğini bildiğinden,ona sürpriz yapmış ve kuzeniin devrettiği dükkanı alarak,dükkana getirmiş. Leyla Hanım’a” burası artık senin “dedi. Dükkanı devir aldıktan sonra ağda odası ekledi,mobilyalarını yeniledi,kişisel bakım(saç ve cilt bakımı)ekledi. Şu an ki durumundan memnun. Maya’dan aldığı kredi ile Kuaför dükkanına mal alacak. İşinde doyuma ulaştığını söylüyor. Şimdi ki amacı yanında elemanlar yetiştirip onlara mesleğini öğretmek ,meslek ve iş sahibi yapmak.
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Maya works to extend access to finance in Turkey, a country which, as a whole, has very limited microfinance services. By supporting this loan, you are helping Maya continue their work and specifically reach female borrowers in Turkey, many of whom come from rural parts of the country.
About MayaAlthough Turkey is one of the largest economies in the region, it has not reached its potential for microfinance investment. Deficient legal structures for microfinance credit initiatives and lack of quality information about microfinance demand and structure in Turkey are the largest obstacles to improvements in the field. Under these challenging conditions, Maya provides group and individual loans to low-income women who lack access to the financial services they need in order to start or improve their own small-scale businesses. Maya, established in 2002, was Turkey’s first microcredit program. Maya is Kiva’s first Field Partner in Turkey and posted its first loans in August 2011. Headquartered in Istanbul, Maya has four branch offices. For more information, visit Maya’s partner page.
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