Shukriya is a 55-year-old mother of two young men and two daughters. One of the daughters has already married.
Her husband Ali started helping with her tailoring business at home after he retired from his job. Shukriya started her tailoring and sewing business 20 years ago on a small scale at home and has kept it that way till now.
She used to sew traditional dresses and other clothes by hand at first, then started using a sewing machine. But now she wants to improve the business and increase her productivity so she applied for a loan to buy an electronic sewing machine that is connected to a computer so she can achieve her goal.
Because Shukriya is a conservative person, her husband Ali has agreed to appear in the photo.
About National Microfinance Bank
Jordan is a small country located in the heart of the Middle East’s Levant region. Regional instability has caused Jordan to be excluded from global investments for decades. Additionally, a lack of natural resources—including water and energy—places tremendous strain on the Jordanian economy, over 80% of which consists of small businesses, largely in the service industry. Despite their importance in the economy, many of these businesses are excluded from the banking sector because of their size. Microfinance institutions like National Microfinance Bank offer them an opportunity to enhance and expand their businesses. NMB also offers its services to other underprivileged peoples in Jordan, providing them with loans to pursue educational goals and improve their homes and livelihoods.