A loan of $4,750 helped a member to purchase hair products and other cosmetics for her beauty salon.

Agali Awamu Kikajjo Group's story

Erid, 28, is an upbeat, focused and civil business woman who has owned a beauty salon in Kampala for the past six years. The happily married mother of one says it has been her diligence and prayers which have seen her bring changes in her business undertaking. She began the business with a pep talk from her closet friends. Through the course of six years, she has taken stock of the many mixed experiences that come with running a business and had the time to learn how to deal with the many tough demands. This, she says, has been very consequential.

Her salon offers unisex services, which serves as a competitive advantage as she is able to handle male clients who, in most cases, think beauty salons owned by women such as herself can only handle female clients. This perception most men have is true because in Kampala, most beauty salons owned by women do only handle female clients. Erid has taken exception to that. At her salon, she does all types of trendy ladies and men's hair styles - this has also won her laurels.

Erid is confident of greater success once she gets this Kiva loan, anticipating good prospects for her business. She believes her clientele will appreciate the improvement in her services. Her weekly profits are 80,000 shillings. With this loan, she is going to purchase more hair products and cosmetics for use at her salon. The rest will go towards paying her child's fees.

In the photo, Erid is fourth from the left in the back row, wearing a necklace.

In this group: Erid, Haruna, Jaon, Sarah*, Prossy, Harriet, Joweria, Saidah*, Betty, Milly, Justine, Zulaika, Jane, Florence*, Sunday
*not pictured

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