Total loan: $2,000


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Louisville, KY, United States / Retail

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A loan helped Anita's Contemporary Hair Design to re-establish and re-invent in Louisville. We will purchase equipment and lease space for the new salon on West Broadway.

Anita's story

My name is Anita Wilson. I grew up in Louisville, KY and moved to Cincinnati in 1980. Raised as a Catholic with strong values and morals, I value my independence and ability to serve others. Some of my earliest memories include my grandmother on Sunday mornings. Women from nearby would visit her the entire day and have "grown folk" conversation as she styled their hair. It was amazing to experience her conduct a business and build lifelong friendships at the same time. Sometimes the women would depart after a long day without ever having been styled. They simply enjoyed the comfort and conversation my grandmother could provide. I recall her telling me, "Baby, it’s not about the money but the joy.” She would receive so much joy from the quality time she spent with her friends and clientele. It made her feel good to know they felt good. My grandmother’s influence crafted my ambition and personality. Even as a young girl, I would trade my doll clothes with my friends for just a piece of their doll’s hair, not realizing at the time I was becoming a young entrepreneur. Over the years, my friends have jokingly referred to me as the African-American Martha Stewart because I have a true knack for style and beauty. I believe everything has the potential to be enhanced and this is what drives my passion. Today, I now realize the true gift that my grandmother share: quality service. It is truly not about the money, but the self-satisfaction that one receives in seeing the smiles on the clients’ faces as they depart. With the aid of a Kiva Loan, Anita’s Contemporary Hair Designs will be reestablished and re-invented. I firmly believe the saying, “Business women can make money but great entrepreneurs make money and make the world a better place.” I pride myself as a classic diamond in the rough who can do both of those things. . my friends call me a Black Martha Stewart because I am always fixing on something with the belief that everything can be enhanced.