Astou Hair Braiding
Astou came to the United States as a refugee in 2011. Her goal was to start her own business, and she was able to save enough money to open Astou Hair Braiding, specializing in traditional and modern African hair braiding, hand-made clothing, and bridal makeup. A year later, Astou approached BCNA to enroll in the IDA savings program, attend workshops, receive one-on-one coaching, and obtain financing for her business. She has since rented her own space, and has plans to hire two women from her community, increasing her sales and reach as well as providing job opportunities for other new Americans.
• IDA Savings