A loan of $650 helped for improvements to her beauty salon.

Maria's story

María T., 50, has been married for 25 years and has two adult children who have formed their own families. Her married daughter lives with her. She has a beauty salon in her home that offers sauna, massage and make-up services. Her daughter is in charge of the massages. She has been in this line of work for a long time now so she has a well-established regular customer base. In addition, as a marketing technique, she offers weekly reduced prices on some of her beauty salon's services. Since her house is ample, she also rents out some of the upstairs bedrooms and she also has a small dining room where she caters meals for some of the area workers. T. is very active in all of her enterprises and she says that she is very careful with her credit obligations because it is through financing that she is able to accomplish so many things.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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