A loan of $1,200 helped to fix the electric installation in her shop and to acquire mirrors, a barber chair and hair washing sinks.

Gilma's story

Gilma is a hard-working woman. In her native Nicaragua, she obtained a baccalaureate and studied accounting but to due to poverty and looking for a better future for her children, she came to Costa Rica close to twenty years ago. With effort and work she acquired her own home where she lives with her spouse and their children. She is very interested in putting into practice her beauty knowledge and to manage her own business, given her accounting education and her abilities in the area of beauty.

With the help of her family and her own effort, she has qualified and acquired the necessary equipment for beauty and barber work. She needs some capital to buy a barber chair, a hair washing sink, mirrors, and to fix the lighting in the shop, among other things, with the objective of opening her doors and offering this service along with her friend.

She completed an income projection in accordance with experience with customers from previous jobs, in addition to information gained from a microenterprise course that helped her.

She rises early and readies lunch for her children and spouse and sends her young daughter to school. Later she goes to her salon where she works from 9AM to 5PM, returning home at the end of the day. She trained in the area of beauty and barbering and along with a colleague who specializes in massage and feet, they decided to open a salon in the area of San Antonio del Tejar in Alajuela. She has worked in this branch since 2009 and has been accredited with the titles for the development of this activity, which has the support of the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica. Her dream is to have a chain of salons in the area where she lives.

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