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Şükriye is married, with two children. To contribute to her family, she began making and selling lace, decorative towel-edging, and booties. She sells them to her friends and neighbors.

Her younger son had health problems which led Sukriye to spend a lot of time going to hospitals and physical therapy. She began to sell her work to the other patients there. Along with her handicrafts, she began to sell underwear, as well. To expand her business, she bought and sold sets for living rooms, blankets, and coverlets.

With the loan, Sukriye will buy underwear, coverlet sets, and blankets. "Because I always have to look after my children, I can't be dependent," she said. "I have to keep working like this. My only wish is to complete my son's treatment in full and fulfill my older son's needs."

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

Şükriye Hanım,evli ve 2 çocuğu var. Ailesine katkı sağlamak için evde dantel,havlu kenarı ve patik yapıp satmakla başlamış. Çevresine satıyor. Daha sonra küçük oğlunun rahatsızlığı dolayısı ile hastanelere ve fizik rehabitilasyon merkezlerine çok sık gitmeye başlamış. Burada ki hastalar ve hasta yakınlarına da el işlerini satmaya başlamış. El işlerinin yanında iç çamaşırı satmaya başlamış. İşi ilerledikçe koltuk takımları ,battaniyeler,pike takımları da siparişi üzerine alıp satıyor. Aldığım kredi ile iç çamaşırı,pike takımı ve battaniye alacak. Çocuğunun sürekli bakıma ihtiyacı olduğundan ben bir yere bağlanamaz. İşime bu şekilde devam etmek zorundayım. Tek ümidim oğlumun tedavisini tam olarak yapmak onun ve büyük oğlumun ihtiyaçlarını karşılamak.

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Maya works to extend access to finance in Turkey, a country which, as a whole, has very limited microfinance services. By supporting this loan, you are helping Maya continue their work and specifically reach female borrowers in Turkey, many of whom come from rural parts of the country. 

About Maya

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
  • $282,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.2
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Sukriye to buy underwear, coverlet sets, and blankets to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 17, 2013
Jan 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014