A loan of $4,700 helped a member to purchase more cosmetics, hair dryers and other hair products to use at her salon.

Tulwanirewamu Community Group's story

For 12 years, 33-year-old Deborah has been overseeing operations at her beauty salon business in Kampala city, Uganda's capital city. Beauty salons are widespread all over Kampala, and it's always the way beauticians handle clients that sells their services. If one's beauty salon has a reputation for servicing clients well, that will, without a shadow of a doubt, play in the favor of that business. That is what has been unfolding at Deborah's salon. She and her employees aim at offering the best of service to not only their usual clients but also new clients. This has endeared them to many people, most especially women.

Not everything has been going well, however. She says the rising cost of doing business in most of East Africa has not spared her business. She says most of the cosmetics and other equipment she uses at her salon are increasingly becoming expensive. As a result, her business's growth has been stifled somewhat.

She remains upbeat, hoping for a favorable turn in circumstances soon. For a woman who was previously a housewife, this progress and attitude in the face of business adversity is encouraging. This mother of three says this business's gross profits total up to 500,000 Ugandan shillings weekly. She says this Kiva loan will come in handy in the purchase of more cosmetics, hair dryers and other hair products to use at her salon.

In this group: Deborah, Anjellah, Daisy, Fatuma*, Lydia, Ester, Aron, Beatrice, Gorret, Ronald*, Robert, Hellen
*not pictured

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