A loan of $1,475 helped to buy beauty salon furniture and products, and using the profits, pay her son's school fees.

Mery's story

Mery is a 31-year-old woman, she is single and mother to one son, her business is a beauty salon. She is strong, a fighter, enterprising, persevering, and hardworking. She works in the southern part of her city, an area which is characterized by the enormous people's market where you can find food, clothing and white goods. The market keeps going thanks to the solidarity of the thousands of vendors that are organized in trade unions. On a floor that is covered with foul-smelling water, above wooden stools and under corrugated tin roofs, are stalls selling fruit and vegetables, poultry and red meat, the infinite varieties of Andean potatoes and cereals and a never-ending amount of food; between these stalls are other that sell clothes, audiovisual equipment, DVDs, books and pens, jewelry and soap, and music of the most incredible mixtures.

Mery is of a dark complexion, she has long chestnut hair and is of average height. She tends her business from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, where she braids, cuts and dyes hair as well as paints nails and so on. Mery dreams of having her own home to start to achieve her goals, she thinks that she needs to invest in beauty salon furniture and products, in this way, she will increase her financial income and will be able to take a step forward in achieving her dreams. It is for these reasons that Mery is seeking a loan to buy beauty salon furniture and products, and with the profits, she will pay her son's school fees.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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