A loan of $600 helped buy products for her beauty salon.

Susana Hilaria's story

Susana Jiménez has a small beauty salon. She has been managing it for 18 years. When she was young she studied the program, and it has been her source of income. She has eight grown children, and she is 63. It has been a joy to be able to support her children. Because she is a widow, it was hard to get ahead. She started with her own money, and she sold cosmetics traveling in the market. Due to the crisis in country, unemployment, and low earnings she has not had the usual amount of customers. This worries her because she has to pay her water, light, telephone, and loan monthly. Her hope is that in this month of December when the young people always change their look she will be able to get more customers. She hopes to be able to do a lot of straightening, tints, curling, and other things. That is why she will buy tints, creams, nail polish, and materials to work on the feet and hands. She will do this to increase service and sales.

Her plan is to be able to put the business in her house. She would take care of it herself. She is happy because she has maintained her business, and she has not taken money out of the business for the loans. She can buy all of the necessary products for her work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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