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Münevver is 68 and married with three children. She has sewn and made gifts to contribute to her family's income for many years. In recent years she has developed an interest in felt. She took classes and now makes very nice shawls, bags and throw pillows. She has opened her own small shop and sells the products she makes with her daughter’s help. By taking out a microloan from Maya, she wants to develop her felt products. She wants to do this work both to contribute to her family’s income and also as a hobby.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
68 yaşında evli 3 çocuk annesi. Uzun yıllar evinde dikiş dikerek ve hediyelik eşya üreterek aile ekonomisine katkı sağlamış. Son yıllarda keçe işine merak sarmış, kurslarına gitmiş ve şimdi keçeden çok güzel sallar, çantalar ve kırlentler yapıyor. Uzun yıllar sonra kendisine küçük bir dükkan açmış ve ürettiği ürünleri bu dükkanda kızının da yardımıyla satışını yapıyor. Maya mikro krediden kredi çekerek keçe işini geliştirmek istiyor. Hem aile ekonomisine katkı sağlamak istiyor hem de artık hobi olarak bu işi yapmak istiyor.

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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
  • 0
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $360,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Münevver to buy products for her handicraft shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 30, 2013
Jan 25, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014