A loan of $1,075 helped purchase dyes, hair treatments, nail polishes, and other cosmetics.


Karina Jahaira's story

The July 9 Communal Bank meets every 15 days in Canton Montecristi, which is know for its rich pre-colonial culture and for its handicrafts that are known at the national and international levels. It is the place with the famous straw sombreros. Karina lives in this place. She is 22 years old, single, and lives in her parents' home. She learned cosmetology and personal care at a school in the city where she obtained her cosmetology license. She is a very hardworking woman. Little by little, with what she learned at the school, she has been building a beauty salon. She started with very little, but with the help of loans, she has been buying the necessary tools and instruments for her work. She gives haircuts, dyes hair, and provides many other services. She has had her salon for five years, and thanks to her effort, she is shaping a good future for herself. This loan is to purchase dyes, hair treatments, nail polishes, and other cosmetics that she needs for her work. She has been with the communal bank for five cycles and she likes it because of the help that the loans provide her. Her dream is to have a better beauty salon in the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley


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