Total loan: $5,000


Rochester, NY, United States / Services

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A loan helped a loving and caring Father open his Barbershop as a safe, comfortable, and inviting environment for kids and adults.

Parris's story

Hello my name is Parris J. Rufus, born and raised in Rochester, New York. I am a licensed barber with 18 years overall in the industry. As a child I moved around a lot and was exposed to many different environments. I had to make new friends every time I moved yet my life experiences were far from bad. I made some close and very good friends that I am still in contact with to this day. My parents split when I was 12 and my mother fell on hard times. We struggled and were left to the bare necessities. Me, my older sister, and 2 younger brothers had to make due with what we had. I found a pair of old clippers at my grandparents house cleaned them up well and started doing haircuts on myself and my brothers to look decent when it came to our personal appearance. My skills improved and my friends around the neighborhood began asking for haircuts, especially the ones who couldn't afford it. The idea of helping and giving back sparked my passion to become a great barber. I would have sworn I would be a mechanical engineer, but I guess the universe saw fit for me to have another calling. I love my city for all it has given me and I always try and give back as well. My family and friends have supported me all my life with everything I have chose to put my all into. I am passionate about everything I do and try my best to complete whatever I start. I can be considered a jack of all trades and really trying to master them all yet this barber trade is the one I am sure of.