Today we will be looking into the entrepreneur’s journey of Christine from Liberia. She is the owner of Chrisseta Beauty School & Salon, a business dedicated to providing hair and nail care as well as beauty skills training to women in my community. Here is her journey as an entrepreneur.
I fled Liberia as a result of the war in 1990, moving to a refugee camp in Ghana with my parents.
At the age of 19, I started working at a salon outside the camp where I learned to style hair and manicure nails. I used my salary from the salon to start a beauty school at the camp. In just three years, I provided training to over 500 women.
When the conflict in Liberia ended in 2005, I was sent by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to visit Liberia as part of an effort to encourage repatriation. That trip demonstrated to me that women in Liberia needed help rebuilding their lives and our country.
With my savings from the beauty school in Ghana and $100 from UNHCR, I was able to re-establish myself in Liberia. I opened a salon in 2008 and re-established the beauty school in 2009.
As a result of 10,000 Women, the annual revenue from my shop has increased threefold and the number of employees has doubled. I am now able to enroll over 30 women in my school.
In the future, I hope to apply for a loan to grow my school. I also aspire to grow from renting to owning the building where my business is located.
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