A loan of $5,000 helped purchase equipment, pedicure thrones, manicure tables, and pedicure sinks that allow me to employ other members in the community.


Tokara's story

I grew up in a pretty rough area of Milwaukee, WI. My life got off to a rocky start as my home life became turbulent during my teenage years. I found myself overwhelmed with the pressures of being a young lady, as most young women that age often do. Without a strong foundation, I felt it better to uproot myself from my mother's home at the age of 16. I packed my bags and caught a bus to New Orleans in hopes of making a better life for myself. As I arrived things there were even less promising than before, yet now I was alone and left to fend for myself in a huge city. After putting myself in situation after situation, that as adult women I now cringe at, I grew tired. I took a course and received my GED and soon thereafter I returned to Milwaukee.

As an adult with new ambition I found it difficult to find groups of like-minded women to ask advice and share ideas with. Shortly thereafter, I gave birth to my child. Looking into his eyes I knew that I would never let any obstacle stop me from giving him a better life. I enrolled in Nail Tech Academy in Browndeer WI, and graduated in December 2003. I continued to work and later enrolled in the Human Services program and graduated with an Associates Applied Sciences degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2010. In 2011, I opened my very own nail salon, Lush Nail Studio, in Milwaukee, WI!

Two years after opening and successfully operating my business, I returned to Visions In Hair Design Cosmetology School and became a Licensed Nail Instructor!!! It is my goal to not only continue to educate myself but to also educate young women who may be faced with the same odds I had been. I am currently working as a nail technician instructor at Elite Nail School in Madison, WI along with my role as owner and nail technician at Lush Nail Studio.



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About Lush Nail Studio

Industry: Services
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years

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