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Mary resides in Houston, Texas, and has operated Icon Nails Spa for more than five years. The business is located in a busy strip mall, where ladies and men can shop and relax as they have their nails and toes treated at the spa.

In 2008, Mary received an Accion Texas Inc. small business loan to launch and continue her dream as a woman business owner. Accion holds America’s largest microloan portfolio. The Accion loan helped Mary take her business from a dream to a reality. After five years of business she is still going strong and came back to Accion for another business loan to purchase furniture for the nail shop.

With five full- and part-time employees, Mary keeps herself busy managing and running the day-to-day business. She wanted to do a quick makeover and purchase new updated sitting area furniture for her waiting room. She came to Accion and received a microloan that allowed her to purchase the furniture, give her store a new look, and make her business more presentable.

Mary believes the new look will increase business sales, sustain jobs in her community, and allow her to hire two additional full- and part-time employees in the near future.

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LiftFund. ( is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at

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