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Gülcan is married and has 2 children. She started working 7 years ago making lunches for the workers in her husband’s textile workshop. At first, she prepared lunches for 2-3 people. Now she prepares lunches everyday for over 30 employees. Before providing lunches at her husband’s textile workshop, she was a housewife. Gülcan's husband used to pay someone else to make food for his workers, but she later told him to give her the salary and she would make the lunches for the workshop. He agreed and it has been her work ever since.

All the time Gülcan has spent preparing food at home in her kitchen has been in preparation for future work. She wants to open a special kitchen (not in her home) to make and sell lunches to many area workshops and local tradesmen. She will use this loan to buy large-sized pots, kitchen utensils, and an oven. With the equipment she purchases from this loan, she will expand her menu selection and earn more money.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

Gülcan evli ve 2 çocuğu var. Yedi yıl once,eşinin tekstil atölyesinde ,çalışanlara yemek yapmaya başladı. İlk once,2-3 kişiye yemek hazırladı. Şimdi 30 un üzerinde çalışana hergün yemek hazırlıyor. Gülcan Hanım ev hanımı iken,önce eşinin tekstil atölyesinde yemek yapıyordu. Eşi önceden başka birisine,çalışanlarına yemek yapması için para veriyormuş fakat sonra eşine maaşı kendisine vermesini söylemiş ve yemekleri atölye için yapmaya başladı. Kabul ettiğinden beri aynı işi yapıyor.

Evinin mutfağında yaptığı yemek hazırlama işini, ilerleyen dönemde ev dışında yapmaya başladı . Bu iş için özel bir mutfak açıp, birden fazla işyerine ve yaşadığı bölgedeki esnaflara, yemek yapıp satmak istiyor. Bu kredi ile büyük boy tencere , fırın ve mutfak araç gereci almak için kullanacak. Satın aldığı cihazlarla ,yemek çeşidi çoğaltıp, daha fazla para kazanacağını düşünüyor.

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Although Turkey is one of the largest economies in the region, it has not reached its potential for microfinance investment. Deficient legal structures for microfinance credit initiatives and lack of quality information about microfinance demand and structure in Turkey are the largest obstacles to improvements in the field. Under these challenging conditions, Maya provides group and individual loans to low-income women who lack access to the financial services they need in order to start or improve their own small-scale businesses. Maya borrowers are part of lending groups, but are posted to Kiva as individuals. Therefore, lenders are exposed to additional risk of default in the event that a member of this borrower's group defaults on her loan. Maya, established in 2002, was Turkey’s first microcredit program. Maya is Kiva’s first Field Partner in Turkey and posted its first loans in August 2011. Headquartered in Istanbul, Maya has four branch offices. For more information, visit Maya’s partner page.

About Turkey

  • $19,600
    Average annual income
  • 8
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $309,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.8
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Gülcan to buy large-sized pots, kitchen utensils, and an oven.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 28, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 25, 2012