* Fatima is a conservative woman and prefers not to have her photo on the internet; thus the photo above is of her husband.
Fatima is a 43-year-old married woman from Hay Nazal, Jordan who supports two members of her family. She is requesting a loan of 400 JOD to buy materials and tools for arts and crafts. She is planning to open a shop to sell her artwork and hopes to eventually buy a house for her family to live in.
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.