Maha is a 37-year-old, conservative woman, so she asked her husband to appear in the photo in her place. Maha has two girls and two boys, whose ages are 16, 15, 13, and 9. Her husband works in a private company, while she sells women’s garments, called “Abaya,” at home. For now Maha only brings and sells Abayas by order, because she orders them from another country by piece. She has applied for this loan to buy and bring in a collection to have as inventory, so she can have a variety of garments to show and sell to her customers. She would love to open her own store in the future, for selling different types of Abaya and traditional dresses.
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.