A loan of $875 helped to buy paint, pearls, thread and charms.

Ana Luisa's story

Ana, 33, works braiding hair and applying tattoos in La Libertad. She learned when she was young helping her mother who was in the same business. With the passage of time and after getting married she became independent to help her husband economically. She walks along the beach displaying the hair extensions she sells and offering her services. She charges $2.00 to weave a braid depending on length. The tattoos cost $4.00 and are made in an artisanal way with water resistant paint that’s harmless to the organism and that washes off with soap and water. She runs the business with her husband who also braids hair and sells seafood. She does both businesses because she has a daughter that she wants to provide with better opportunities than the ones she had herself. Competition in the sector is very strong but she stays in it because it’s profitable. She will use the requested loan to buy paint, pearls, thread and charms to sell. In the future she hopes to rent a tent with chairs in order to provide better service.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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