A loan of $1,000 helped purchase hair straighteners, dryers and other hairdressing utensils.

Bertha Dolores's story

Bertha G. is 45 years old and lives in a peri-urban zone in the outskirts of Guayaquil. Her house if made of cement and she counts with only the basic services of electricity and water.

Since she was young, Bertha liked styling hair and when she grew older she decided that this would be her profession. With her savings she bought hairdressing materials and she starting going from door-to-door to offer her services as a hairdresser.

She now has her own place. She works everyday starting at 8 a.m. dying hair, doing hair cuts, styling hair, etc. One of the difficulties she has is the competition in her neighborhood.

With this loan she wants to buy hair straighteners, dryers and utensils for her hair salon. In the future she wants to have another cabinet.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Manzo

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