Hope Restored in Ramadi

Speeches Shim

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
With the equipment provided by USAID, Tahani is ready to receive more customers in her salon.

For Tahani, 39, going to the beauty salon is a powerful experience. “Every time I would go to a beauty salon, I would leave feeling confident and beautiful,” said Tahani. “My dream was that one day I would have my own salon so that I could make other women feel the same way.” 

After years of planning, Tahani was almost ready to open her own salon when ISIS invaded and killed her husband, leaving her as a single mother left to care for her four children.  “My life was ruined,” she said. “I still wanted to open my shop, but I was broke, and I didn’t know where to start.” The money she had was barely enough to feed her children and send them to school. 

Tahani had the passion and the skills needed to open her salon but could not afford to buy the equipment and rent the space. She joined USAID’s micro-business startup program to receive the needed support and equipment (air cooler, two chairs, salon basin chair, beauty products and hair coloring products) to open her own beauty salon. “My dream is coming true, and I am very happy here,” she beamed. 

Through USAID’s startup program, Tahani has renewed hope for the future. “I will be the owner of the biggest salon in the area, you will hear about my salon a lot,” said Tahani. “Owning this salon makes me feel confident, this is what my family needs to be able to live in dignity and have a stable income.”

USAID is helping 26 startups in Ramadi like Tahani’s salon open their own businesses and provide for their families.

Last updated: May 10, 2022

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