Small Businesses Make Sustainable Lives

Majid arrived in Hungary as an unaccompanied minor, fleeing violence in his home country. He has been in Hungary for many years now and has built a fulfilling life for himself from the ground up. Majid is the proud owner of Headonist Hair & Beauty Salon Corvin, a premium salon that caters to clients who want a personal touch when getting their hair done. One of our volunteers, Kearstin Bailey, recently visited Majid’s salon to have him work his magic and came away thrilled with the results.

“As soon as I walked in, I felt comfortable,” said Kearstin. “Majid and his staff were welcoming and made me feel at home through the whole process. They served me a drink, had a hair consultation with me before we began, then gave me a scalp massage and wash, and then did the haircut itself. Majid was so intuitive in his skills – I showed him a picture of a style I liked and told him what kind of look I was going for and he made it happen. For the entire hour I was there I felt like the center of attention, like I was the main focus, which can be a rare feeling in our fast-paced consumer culture today.”

This personal approach to his clients is what makes Majid’s salon stand out in Budapest – when the streets are saturated with places to get a quick cut, the salon’s that take their time truly shine.

Photo via Hedonist Hair & Beauty Salon Corvin

Around the world this entrepreneurial spirit can be seen in refugees and migrants. In the United States, people who come from other nations are more than twice as likely to become entrepreneurs as the native population (via Harvard Business Review), and the trend is similar in other countries as well.

There are many factors that affect this trend, for example, many refugees were business owners in their home nation, and so it is natural for them to start a similar business when they safely arrive in their new country. For others, job prospects may be limited to them and so they begin a new business out of necessity for themselves and others in their community who may be struggling with the same problem. (via The Economist)

Many of our supporters from around the world are interested in helping refugees integrate into their new surroundings, and supporting them in their business ventures is one way to do this. Majid’s salon employs native Hungarians as well, so by visiting his salon you are not only contributing to his own success, but also to the success of his employees – many of whom might not have employment in this field if it were not for Majid’s new business.

Supporting refugees through monetary donations, community support, language lessons, and more are all very important, but when it comes to creating sustainable lives, a stable source of employment and income is critical. The next time you need something done in the city, whether it’s a new haircut, getting some clothes tailored, or finding food to cater an event, why not support a refugee by frequenting their business?


Article by Kearstin Bailey



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  1. […] as part of my work with kalunba ltd., the official implementing partner of the RCH’s unit for refugee integration, i update and refresh the website. i recently wrote a quick post for them about the importance of supporting refugee-owned businesses after getting my hair cut by a fantastic former-beneficiary of the kalunba team who now owns his own hair salon. check it out on their website here! […]
  2. […] As part of my work with Kalunba Ltd., the official implementing partner of the RCH’s Unit for Refugee Integration, I update and refresh the website. I recently wrote a quick post for them about the importance of supporting refugee-owned businesses after getting my hair cut by a fantastic former-beneficiary of the Kalunba team who now owns his own hair salon. Check it out on their website here! […]