Total loan: $6,500


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New York, NY, United States / Services

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Carolin's story

Five years ago, I decided to quit my job and move back to my native country of the Dominican Republic to honor my purpose and follow my calling. I had an ambitious goal to eradicate discrimination on the basis of hair and change the way Dominicans saw themselves and each other. I wanted to do it by bringing to life missrizos.com, a curly hair blog I created in 2011 and turning it into Miss Rizos Salón, a place created to celebrate and empower us. Thanks to the help of so many incredible people and all of my savings, in December of 2014 we opened the doors of Miss Rizos Salón in the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. We started with a team of 2 and we are now a team of 20! We see more than 500 women, men, and children every month and we’ve reached more that 5,000 little girls in all of the country. I want to inspire people to bring to life their wildest dreams and to connect their work with helping others and leave the world better than how they found it. Beyond being able to eradicate discrimination on the basis of hair, which has always been a goal of mine, I want to motivate black and latina women to think big and to do what they love.