Article contributed (in Spanish) by Elba Rodríguez.
“The scholarship was the momentum to get started. I knew that I didn’t have enough funds, but that was the impetus to take the path toward what I wanted to do.”
In 2018, Brenda Bonilla received an IP scholarship in order to study cosmetology. She had always had that dream; she would do her daughter’s hair, giving her braids and buns. Her dreams included being a cosmetologist, psychologist, or nurse. In fact, Brenda had given a friend of hers (Esmeralda) the idea to apply for an IP scholarship. That’s how she started her own dream of learning cosmetology.
Her studies lasted eleven months, from January-November 2018. Her idea was that once she finished her studies, she would put everything into practice. Little by little, she would buy her supplies. Then, on April 22, 2019, she opened her own cosmetology business in the municipality of San Isidro, Cabañas.
The salon is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm. She currently has many clients (mostly women). On a daily basis, she attends to 10-15 people. She has one employee and, in high season, she has two other people who work for her.
Her future goals are expanding her current salon, teaching cosmetology classes (she is already teaching two young women), and she wants to set up another business in the Guacotecti municipality.
She has two kids (Andrea and Leo), and her salon carries the name of her daughter: Andrea. Her cousin Emely designed the logo for the salon, which also has its own Facebook page (Andrea Sala de Belleza).
In reflecting upon how her scholarship has changed her life, she says, “The scholarship was the momentum to get started. I knew that I didn’t have enough funds, but that was the impetus to take the path toward what I wanted to do.”