CNHA’s Loan Fund Makes Business Ownership Dream a Reality in Kauai

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May 25, 2016


CNHA’s Loan Fund Makes Business Ownership Dream a Reality in Kauai

Anahola, Kauai— For Anahola resident, Windy Kirifi, owning and operating her own salon to serve her community had been a life-long dream. Now, one year after opening up her shop, The Edge, at the Anahola Marketplace, Ms. Kirifi is most happy for the opportunity to bring out the beauty in her community members in Anahola and call it a job.

0525161332Last spring, Windy worked closely with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Loan Fund team to take out a Microenterprise loan to start her small business. After a few months, she was able to begin the process of purchasing equipment, setting up her salon, and start to bring in her regular clientele to the new salon location. Today Windy feels that her day-to-day duties are more of a community service than a business because she has a goal to make the customer better than they did when they first sat in her chair. When asked about her reflections on the year she shared, “if you put others first, success will always follow.” She admits that it is hard to run a business formally including budgeting considerations and all the other obligations, a big difference after years of doing most of her haircuts out of the home for her neighbors, but it has since become a challenge she embraces.

Ms. Kirifi encourages Native Hawaiians to consider starting their own small businesses if they feel the call to do so. She credits her success to the support of her regular customers and her community and recommends that individuals who have goals of owning their own business consider the option to move forward with developing a plan. “Don’t believe you have limitations and strive to reach your goals. You can always achieve things, you just have to be willing to do the work.”

In June, CNHA will be hosting a Small Business Workshop Series for Native Entrepreneurs to help individuals develop their small business ideas into a working plan that could potentially lead to the start of a small business. For more information about the CNHA Loan Fund or the technical assistance and training with our Native Entrepreneurship series, please visit or email

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or at

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