A loan of $800 helped for hair treatments, nail polish and dyes.

Maria Elena's story

María, 49, has a beauty salon in the front part of her house. She lives with her 14-year-old son in an urban zone, called Orquídeas (Orchids), because when it was discovered there were a lot of flowers and now there is a park with those flowers.

Twenty years ago she learned how to do manicures and pedicures to be able to support her son since her husband abandoned them. She started doing the work door to door until she was able to collect enough money to have her own place and have her barber shop. She currently has a beauty salon where she works by herself doing all kinds of hair styles, comb outs, hair straightening, hair treatments, pedicures, manicures, etc.

In order to stay in business she wants to use the loan to buy nail polish, hair dyes and treatments to offer more alternatives to her customers. In the future she wants to improve the construction of her house because it’s currently made from sugar cane stalks.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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