A loan of $5,500 helped a member to buy dye, good-quality scissors, peroxide, tubes, and an iron to straighten clients' hair.

La Semillita Group's story

Edith, 25, is single and lives with her mother. She is a member of a group called La Semillita. She says that she was motivated to apply for a loan in order to grow her business. She studied to be a beautician. She says that she always enjoyed styling and dressing people, so she decided to study a short degree in styling.

She is applying for a loan from VisionFund to buy the materials which she uses. She says that her business is going quite well and that she is getting more practice now. She does not have much experience and she has been in this business for 3 years, but there are people who have plenty of faith in her. She laughs, "There are women who tell me I have a good hand for haircuts because their hair grows very quickly, and that makes me more famous." She will buy dye, good-quality scissors, peroxide, tubes, and an iron to straighten her clients' hair. She says that she runs her business in her home, but she would love to have a salon with furniture in order to give her clientele a good-quality service.

The other members of the group are María Balbina, Yolanda, Elodia, Rosa, María Isabel, María Santos, José David, María Guadalupe, Diana, and María Eufemia. They will invest in their businesses, such as a clothing store, raising chickens for sale, a home-style restaurant, selling shoes from a catalog, a grocery store, and the sale of fruits and vegetables, mobile phone accessories, fantasy jewelry, and turkeys.

In this group: María Balbina, Rosa, María Isabel*, María Santos, Edith, José David, María Guadalupe, Diana, Yolanda*, Elodia, Maria Eufemia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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