November 1, 2012 | 12:19 PM
Lissette is a member of Grameen America’s Upper Manhattan Branch in New York and works as a hairdresser. Before joining the program, Lissette had no credit history, which forced her to borrow money from a loan shark who charged a hefty $2,000 fee on top of exorbitant monthly interest payments. In order to pay back the loan, Lissette made unbelievable sacrifices: she lost her house and the small salon that she owned.
Lissette turned to Grameen America for help. Now in her second loan cycle, Lissette has restarted her career and has recovered hope for a brighter future for herself and her four dependent children.