16 days remaining

$8,200 to go

14% funded

A loan of $9,500 helps a self employed nail salon to overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis and expand our services.

Towson, MD, United States

Cosmetics Sales



Alethea's story

At 30 years old I had a very real realization of what it would mean for me to sit in a cubicle and work 40 plus hours a week for the next 30 years. That was not what I wanted. I've always been creative, whimsical, and out of the box. I was the only "professional" walking around the office with multi-colored hair and the longest nails with huge Hello Kitty Charms dangling or glued to them. I stuck out in the office like a sore thumb.

Although for years I jumped from job to job as if I'd been chasing a unicorn, it wasn't until I was 30 that I knew I had to make a change and I needed to at least try to find my passion. At that time I was severely depressed and drinking heavily. I knew I needed to heal but wasn't sure how to do so. I did know that I wasn't going to be able to do so whilst dedicating a great part of my time to a company that I had no connection with or interest in. Although I put in way more hours being self-employed, I'm able to invest in myself on a deep level and build up to something I can share with others and will bring joy to their lives. I was already quite talented in creating nail art (if I may toot my own horn), so naturally, that's what I set my sights on to begin my entrepreneurial journey: nails. I reached out to several schools for nail technician studies and after completing an 8 weeks program I became an MD licensed nail tech. Six months later, Claw'd By LeiLei was formed and running.

All around, nail care offers so much to me as the business owner and to the beautiful clients that visit my salon. It's hard to do your own nails without stressing yourself out so this is my way of serving people. Every day, I am able to combine art and beauty to share my creativity with others while helping people take the necessary time needed to care for their wellness, which brings a smile to everyone's faces.

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