A loan of $10,000 helped to update the style of the salon, most importantly buy new special chairs and equipment.

Shlair's story

Shlair is a professional hair dresser and beautician with 28 years of experience. She opened her business in 1986 in Iraq. At the time training institutions were only available in Baghdad where she completed her studies and since continued to participate in various trainings to stay up to date with new techniques. She understands the need and finds it important to provide her customers with the best services.

At work as a business woman she has been able to grow her business and employ 3 women; at home as a mother she been a role mother to her two daughters. Both of her daughters are following in her footsteps; one of them is currently working with her while the other has already been able to open her own salon with help from Shlair.

As she explains with her own words in the video: “My name is Shlair, I am the owner of the salon. I have been working in this field for 28 years after attending some training courses in Baghdad at the Fluna Institute for Beauty. I also went to Jordan for attending an exhibition for Beauty Salon owners and I also worked in Turkey for a little while. I feel happy to work in this field, earn money for my daily life, and I’m proud to have two daughters who have already made their certifications as well. And I plan to expand this beauty shop.”

She enjoys working with her customers and is happy for having been able to open and maintain a reputable salon. To ensure the salon continues to provide high level services, Shlair decided to take a SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of $10,000. She would like to update the style of the salon, most importantly to buy new special chairs for both the hairdressing works and for the beautician’s corner. As she explains, the current chairs are very old, hard to work with and one of them is completely out of order with a broken system. She will also use the loan to purchase additional high quality cosmetics and supplies, and based on her customers' requests, she would also like to buy certain items for retail in the shop and this way help her customers gain access to products unavailable in other shops.

After the upgrade of the salon is complete, Shlair’s long term goal is to establish her salon as a teaching institute for other aspiring women interested to work in the field.

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