Meet Natasha, a fashionista blazing the trail for body-positive fashion in Oakland

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Five years ago, Natasha opened Halmoni, a boutique specializing in vintage statement pieces for women that also acts as a hub for fashionistas, artists and creatives interested in vintage culture. Recognizing that finding fashionable clothing in plus sizes can be challenging, Natasha wanted to create a brand that not only sells fashionable plus sized clothing, but also promotes body-positivity and self-love for plus sized women.

Read Natasha's inspiring story at Kiva's Medium page.

About the author

Crystal Chandy

Crystal holds a BSc in Finance and Marketing from New York University and recently obtained her Master’s from the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.  She spent six years in project and financial management in the private sector. She then spent time teaching English in Chile and building shallow irrigation wells in Malawi. Crystal is excited to intern with Kiva and apply her background and skills to affecting positive change. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and great meals.