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Under the Microscope

Use microenterprise loans to help make micro a temporary condition.

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This story appears in the August 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Things were looking pretty bad for Margaret Quenemoen back in 1991. Her run of bad luck started with breaking her ankles, being out of work and having to live in her car. But hope came in the form of headbands she made for the winter sporting community in Telluride, Colorado. She hit a resort restaurant and ended up selling all of them to the tune of $130.

"I was living in a beautiful mountain town, and I wanted to stay-I didn't want to go home [to live] with my parents," she remembers. "I realized that I could start a business."

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