Total loan: $10,000


Rochester, NY, United States / Retail

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A loan helped a local barber buy his building.

Andre's story

I am a man of the community. Raised in the City of Rochester, NY by a single mother. Growing up in the city, we didn’t have a lot of money and the surroundings led to a cycle of problems. I was fortunate to have motivating individuals that I met along the way. My community has always supported my visions and energy. This helped me to believe and know that I could be successful. Knowing that, I have dedicated myself to the duty of helping, encouraging and enabling the youth to be successful. Barbering is my family’s tradition. I started out at age 12 cutting hair with my uncle, brother, and cousins. The children in the neighborhood and school would see the nice haircuts and I began to grow a clientele. I would always watch my family of barbers as they cut hair, learning styles and techniques. I was licensed by the age of 19, drawing advice and direction from the older guys in the shop. This helped me stay focused in working towards my goals.