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Kasem is a married client from Iraq. He is 54 years old and has four children. Kasem, along with two of his children, provide the family income.

Kasem owns a bakery and provides his neighborhood with bread. He has been practicing this business since 2010 and has gained a lot of experience in this field. Now, Kasem has three employees. Thanks to the good quality of his goods for sale, Kasem has gained a good reputation and the respect of the surrounding area.

Kasem is requesting a loan of 3,000 USD. He will use this loan to pay the annual rent of his bakery. This way, he will be able to continue providing his family’s needs for another year and hope to grow of his business.

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This loan is for a borrower who faces unique economic challenges due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Freedom of movement has been greatly restricted throughout the country by increased violence and the spread of armed groups, and there has been an influx of refugees (both internally displaced and those crossing into Iraq from Syria). As a result, individuals throughout Iraq are facing very difficult economic realities and daily life has become increasingly difficult. By supporting this loan, you are both helping CHF ACSI continue their important work and also providing greatly needed assistance to everyday people in Iraq struggling to make a living.

About CHF International Access to Credit Services Initiative

CHF International Access to Credit Services Initiative Iraq has played a significant role in the rehabilitation of the Iraqi economy. As the largest microfinance institution in Iraq, ACSI is well-positioned to provide quality financial services. When lending through CHF, please consider the following:

1. Due to social and political challenges in Iraq, personally identifiable attributes of this borrower may have been altered to protect their identity (i.e. blurring portions of the borrower's photo, anonymizing name and location, etc.). CHF appreciates Kiva lenders' understanding of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support for Iraqi borrowers.

2. To cater to more Iraqi borrowers, CHF offers loans that comply with Islamic law. A key principle of Islam is the prohibition of charging interest on a loan. In order to offer loans in a manner consistent with borrowers' values, CHF will charge 0% interest on this loan. However, the organization does charge a flat service fee to cover its costs. The loan amount you see listed on Kiva includes both the principal loan and this additional fee. As with all Kiva loans, you should expect to have your funds returned to you according to this loan’s repayment schedule. For more information on lending in the Muslim world, please click here.

3. Please note that CHF has not been visited by any members of Kiva's staff. Due to ongoing security concerns, due diligence was conducted remotely. ACSI does, however, meet all of the minimum criteria for partnership with Kiva.

4. While Kiva has been able to send and receive funds to and from Iraq in the past, there is a possibility that future loan repayments could be delayed for regulatory reasons, even if individual borrowers pay back their loans. When you make a loan through CHF, you assume this additional risk.


About Iraq

  • $7,100
    Average annual income
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  • $9,342,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD