Born in 1967, Nariman is a widow living with her four sons in a rented house in Marka, Jordan. Since the death of her husband, Nariman has been trying her best to cover her sons' everyday needs by sewing clothing at home as well as making trays and baskets out of straw. She then offers these items for sale to members of her community.
When her husband was alive and supporting the family, Nariman enjoyed making clothing, baskets, and trays as a hobby. She decided to expand these activities when she was widowed, and this enterprise has now been the family's only source of income for the past three years.
Nariman is requesting a loan in order to buy a larger quantity of straw and fabric. This will allow her to be better able to respond to customer demand.
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.