As a single mother of two, Natasha dreamed of being able to provide for her family as an entrepreneur. Natasha saved and planned, but got discouraged by the arduous process of starting a business. She had almost given up when she was referred to a financial coach at the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, a longtime service provider of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. The coach provided her step-by-step guidance to achieve her goal, but more than that – the coach gave Natasha hope.

“I used to call my coach and panic … and she would calm me down and help me take it one month at a time,” Natasha said. Natasha completed the YWCA’s Financial Education Workshop Series and worked with the Small Business Development Center to create a business plan. “Once my business plan was in place, I was on fire!”

Natasha got serious. She saved $2000 in just 18 months, which YWCA doubled through a grant program. In 2012, Natasha opened the doors to Salon Raris, achieving her goal of being a business owner – and changing her financial future forever.

The most extraordinary thing about Natasha? Her next goal is to assist more women in her situation by offering internships to cosmetology hopefuls. “I thank God that I am now in a position to help other women and I wouldn’t have been able to do it with the YWCA programs and support.”

Thanks to United Way and its partner, YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Natasha didn’t just change her life, but the lives of her children, and the lives of every woman she helps achieve their goals.