Total loan: $8,000


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Berkeley, CA, United States / Retail

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Billie's story

I was born and raised in Oakland, California. I have worked in customer service for a long time, but my dream has always been to open up my own business. In 2018, I finally achieved my goal and opened my salon, B Lashed by Billie. What gave me the drive to open my own business was when my mother passed away. For 30 years, I saw her work as a banker, until she was forced to retire early. After this, she fell on hard times, and she couldn’t support a good quality of life. I realized after that that I didn’t want my future to be in the hands of others. I had been working for others as a cosmetologist for over 12 years, but I wanted to create my own income and my own life. So, in 2018, I opened B Lashed by Billie. I am a single mother who tries to balance my roles between an entrepreneur, a mom, and sole employee. Opening my store has given me flexibility and control over my own life, allowing me to give both myself and my son a better life.