A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy various supplies for performing beauty makeovers.


Piramides De Zirahuato Group's story

Ana Rita is 35 years old and married to Carlos. They have a one-year-old son and live in a village called Zirahuato. She says that she is a member of a group called “Pirámides de Zirahuato” (Pyramids of Zirahuato). Ana says that her group chose this name because there is region that has an archaeological area with a few pyramids. This area is near where they live, so they chose a name that would be representative of their community.

Ana Rita has a unisex salon that she has managed for more than 11 years. She says that it all started in high school when she walked into a beauty shop and decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a professional stylist. From that point, she says that she learned how to dye hair, apply foundation, curl hair, and cut hair for women, men, and children. She also learned how to perform manicures and pedicures, as well as makeovers for weddings, quinceañeras, and other special events. Ana says that as a young girl, she enjoyed doing the hair and makeup for her cousins.

She is requesting a loan so that she can buy supplies for her salon such as scissors, dyes of different colors, peroxide, buckets of different sizes, beauty caps for highlight jobs, cosmetics, nail polishes, and other items that she needs for performing makeovers on her clients. Ana says that she buys her supplies in Mexico City where the prices are much lower. This enables her to earn some profit from her makeovers. She says, “I am happy and excited whenever I finish something that I started. I get to see women transformed into gorgeous and lovely beauties for their events. I want to continue growing in my career, so next year I plan to take a course in acrylic and porcelain nails. By providing this service of beautifying women’s nails, I hope to gain some attention that will set me apart and that my clients will want this treatment done.”

The other members of the group are Clementina, María Eloina, Ivoon, and Virgilia. They will invest their loans in fruit, supplies for making dishes to sell, and catalog shoe sales.

In this group: Clementina, Maria Eloina, Ana Rita, Ivoon, Virgilia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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