A loan of $550 helped to buy a foot spa and a chair for hair cutting.

Vanis Patricia's story

Vanis is 34 years old and is the owner of a hair salon located in the city of Barranquilla in which she offers services for personal image enhancement, hair styling, make-up, manicures, pedicures, etc. She started her business ten years ago after her separation from her husband, when she needed to look for a way of generating income in order to increase the well-being of her three children. Vanis works 13 hours per day serving her customers the best that she can. Her clients are principally neighbors and people from the surrounding neighborhoods. Her goal is to strengthen her infrastructure and offer an education to her children. This is the reason she is seeking a Kiva loan. It will be her first loan with Kiva's partner Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, and she will use it to buy a foot spa and a barber chair. With this investment she plans to increase her potential sales and with those her income. Her greatest challenge is to have enough capital to continually invest in the business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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