Mutinta Hibeene is a fairly recent addition to the MicroLoan Foundation (MLF) family. Nonetheless, she is already providing her children with a brighter tomorrow.
Mutinta left school at a young age and had her first child at the age of 26. In addition to her young son, she cares for two children, both of whom are also financially dependent on her. In order to meet the daily needs of her household and make sure that her family does not have to make the same choices she did, Mutinta opened a small saloon where she sells hair extensions. Though she set up this business in the hope of generating an income, it has also allowed her to realise her childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser.
Being new to the trade, Mutinta struggled to secure a loyal customer base as she did not yet have an established reputation. As a result, women in her local community were not confident in her abilities. However, she has slowly been building a name for herself, and with MLF’s support, her business has grown. To date, she has benefitted from two loans, and her profits have nearly doubled. Thanks to this increase in profits, she has bought sofas to furnish her saloon and is saving to buy a plot of land on which to build a house.
Mutinta says that the most important thing she has learned so far in the MLF training sessions is how to save towards a goal. She particularly appreciates our affordable interest rate, and is grateful for the group dynamic of our loan groups, through which she learns from the experiences of others. Mutinta confesses that her friends and community members are surprised by how well her saloon is performing, and that her success has earned her their respect and admiration. For her part, Mutinta feels blessed that she has been able to combine pursuing her passion with providing her family with better opportunities for the future.