Sheraz is a 38-year-old married woman from Irbid, Jordan, and has two children.
Sheraz has her own grocery store, which started as a home-based project but expanded to be a separate shop away from her home. She is now requesting a loan of 700 JD to purchase more fruits and vegetables for the store. Sheraz is looking to improve her business as well as improving her family's living conditions.
Due to cultural reasons, the man in the photo is Sheraz's husband.
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.