Total loan: $650

Tatiana Del Carmen

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Puerto Colombia/departamento del Atlàntico, Atlántico, Colombia / Services

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A loan helped to purchase equipment like metallic beautyshop chairs and hair washers.

Tatiana Del Carmen's story

Tatiana is 24 years old, is married and mother to two children who are 3 and 6 years old. She is the proprietor of a hair salon located in Puerto Colombia, a town in the department of Atlantico, very close to the sea. There on the warm shore and under the constant breeze produced by the famous tradewinds, she began to offer her pedicure and manicure services in a family member's beauty salon, an activity that she had learned by example. Then she offered her beauty services to friends and neighbors simultaneous to her job and later learned beauty techniques in an academy where she studied for 18 months and perfected her knowledge. Very soon her customers began to request at home services but with the adequacy of a shop. They began to locate her and although today she works through the two systems she hopes to diminish gradually the home services and expand the flow of customers to the shop identified by offering services to improve one's personal and professional image. Tatiana has her own house which is large and located in a very popular sector of the town where there are not a lot of hair salons. In the first room she even plans to organize her shop, equipping it with all the necessary furniture to attract her potential market and accomodate her actual market in a very comfortable place. In peak season, she has the support of her mother and her sister to attend to her customers. Currently, she is applying to CrediKiva, the first financing that Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo has made and with which she will buy equipment like metallic salon chairs and hair washers. Her investment is projected to be successful because she enjoys recognition in her community and her equipment will boost work effectively.