A loan of $600 helped to buy a sofa and a hair dryer for styling men's hair.

Jose Luis's story

Jose is 39 years old and single with no children. He decided to open his own beauty salon when he was living in the community of Los Esteros. Since he always enjoyed this line of work, he decided to continue when he moved to a new community.

Jose offers haircuts for women, men, and children in the beauty salon. He also offers perms and styles hair, among other services. He works with plenty of enthusiasm because he likes his profession very much. Women's haircuts cost $3.50, men's cost $2.50, and children's cuts cost $2.00.

Some difficulties which Jose faces working in the salon are crime, a lack of time, and rainy periods. Jose has many aspirations for his business. Therefore, he is applying for a loan to buy a hair dryer and a sofa for men's hairstyles, and makeup.

In an interview, Jose said: "My aspirations and goals for my business in the future are to have the necessary clientele to have a better income, to help my relatives as much as I can, and to offer employment to my friends in order to help them."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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