A loan of $8,500 helped to pay for her start-up inventory and strategic marketing.

Denise's story

As a teenager, Denise struggled to find an organic, mineral-based makeup that matched her individual skin-tone. After she completed her MBA program, she knew this was exactly the kind of product she wanted to create, and Real Natural Beauty was born with a mission to provide quality mineral and organic makeup designed for the multicultural woman.

Denise’s primary goal for her business is to create a change in how we see ourselves and others. She believes strongly in the importance of self-confidence and strives to empower young women through her volunteer work and her business. As a volunteer with several middle school after-school and Young Life programs, Denise inspires and motivates young girls to realize their natural beauty, helping them discover that true beauty comes from within.

Starting her business just last January, Denise has already experienced and overcome several challenges. One major challenge was finding local chemists, or makeup mixers, that could produce the unique color combinations needed to match and enhance the skin tones of her target market. Through this whole process she has tried to work locally in every part of her manufacturing process, as partnering with local businesses is intrinsic to Denise’s business model.

Her $8,500 Kiva loan will enable Denise to pay for her start-up inventory and strategic marketing. Your help will also enable Denise to continue reaching out and empowering women to embrace their unique natural beauty.

In the future, Denise hopes to develop innovative initiatives to empower women internationally, working with local and international organizations geared towards women and child development.

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