A loan helped to buy dyes, treatments, shampoo, pins, makeup, etc.

Eva's story

Doña Eva lives in a small municipality called Ixtlahuaca, which means "uninhabited land". This is a very nice area with a large plaza where vendors sell clothing, vegetables, fruit, shoes, etc. on Mondays. Eva is 32 and has been married to Juan Carlos for six years. They have four children, three of whom are no longer in school.
Eva has four salons in Ixtlahuaca. She started her business because she studied styling and then started working. She greatly enjoyed tending to her clients, and so she decided to open her own salon. Afterwards, bit by bit, she opened the other salons. The salon which she herself tends to, and where we did the interview, has been open for seven years. She is now requesting a loan for the purchase of dyes, treatments, shampoo, cream, gel, barrettes, combs, makeup, etc. These are the items that she uses the most in her salons, and they are also the most expensive.
Eva has been working with the Institution for two cycles, and the loans have been a great help to her: "They have helped me to improve the quality of my products and to keep my customers happy". Her greatest challenge is the price of the products, "but with the help of FRAC and Kiva I am no longer so worried about it. With this loan, I want to remodel my salons, paint them nicely, and buy new furniture and tools", she says.
Eva and her husband Carlos are very grateful to the Institution because, if things keep going as they have been, the quality of everything in the salons will increase. This makes them very happy, because their children will not have to go without an education in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper.

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