Maha, 35 years old, is a Jordanian micro-entrepreneur. She is married and a mother of four.
Maha’s humble hobby in decorating with flowers and making straw products turned into a successful business after she attended a specialized course in making basketry which gave her a belief in herself and made her realize the great potential of her hobby. Maha started to produce exceptional straw products out of her home to help her husband in generating income for the family and to secure an excellent education for her children.
Maha is requesting a loan of 300 JD to buy raw materials for her enterprise. She is optimistic about the future and planning to open her own shop so her work will be accessed by many customers and she will be known in her field.
Tamweelcom was ranked among the top ten microfinance institutions worldwide in 2007 and 2008 by the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX). Tamweelcom offers loan products tailored to the needs of micro-entrepreneurs in Jordan, including vocational and solar power loans, loans for aspiring entrepreneurs starting a project from home, and loans for established small businesses. Tamweelcom’s non-financial services include training and permanent showrooms for clients to develop and market their products, as well as educational grants for children to attend private school. Through a partnership with Jordan’s largest telecommunications company, Tamweelcom is the first microfinance institution in the Middle East and North Africa to allow clients to make monthly loan repayments with their mobile phones.