Total loan: $1,000


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New York, NY, United States / Retail

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A loan helped Support an Energetic Mother of 3 to Expand her small Business/Craft; and Uplift her Culture to Empower the Community.

Ndeye's story

I grew up in Senegal, West Africa. I was excited about education as a youth. Until one day my father took me out of school because someone lied and told him that I was pregnant. As a young girl, I could have sat around hoping and waiting for someone important to marry me. But I could not stay idle. Even if I had not finished school, I wanted to do something for myself and my life. I taught myself to do hair. I initial practiced on friends and family. Then later found my way into a specialty school to learn more styles. After 2 years in hairstyling school, I did hair for weddings and baptisms; and people began to pay me. My skills included dressing African head scarfs, makeup for everyday wear, weddings, and special ceremonies; and I even learned to cut men's hair with clippers. I am a licensed hairdresser and barber in Africa. My father wanted to helped me. He realized that everything that people had said about me was untrue. When my mother died, my father brought me and my sister to New York City. I have 8 years experience as a hairstylist in Africa. And thirteen years in America (including the States of Virgina, Texas, and Philadelphia). I have had booths in other salons. But I have had difficulty expanding a salon of my own. My sister passed away in 2014. Her 7 children are still in Africa. I continue to support them from the United States. A Kiva loan will help support my entire family.