A loan of $675 helped to buy an electric hair trimmer.

Alberto Manuel's story

Alberto is 25 years old and owns a barber shop, which he set up eight years ago. By cutting his friends and family's hair for free he acquired his own clientèle as well as a lot of experience, which allows him to work and generate his own income. He carries out this activity in his own home, located to the south west of the city, from Monday to Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. and finishing at 8 p.m. or often later, as he adapts to his customers' needs.

As the whole of his neighbourhood and the surrounding ones know him, he has many customers who come to his business to enjoy his services but he often feels he cannot cater to their needs adequately. For this reason, his goal in to have a suitable locale in the future and to continue supporting his mother, who is a manicurist and also works in the aesthetic beauty sector. Having such a large clientèle, Alberto decided to set up a new games service and he has a Play Station games console, which brings in more income and young customers to his barber's shop.

At present he is requesting a loan, his first loan cycle with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, through which he will buy an electric hair trimmer to cut hair, as this is the tool he uses to work and he needs to have a better one to improve the quality of his service. Also, he will buy a new Play Station games console in order to increase the potential of his customer services and increase his income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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