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Shoumous
Shoumous is a 27-year-old, Iraqi married woman. She has two children. She works to support her husband in order to help with the family and their living expenses. Shoumous is a seamstress and has her own modest workshop at home. She has practiced tailoring since she was a child by assisting her mother who was also a seamstress. In 2007, she started providing tailoring services from her house. She has gained great experience in this field and she provides good quality work at great prices. Shoumous is requesting a loan of 1,500 USD. She will use this loan to buy a specialized sewing machine. She believes that with this loan, she will be able to grow her business and increase her profits. The most important thing is that she will be able to provide her family with a better lifestyle.

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This loan is helping support a female borrower who is 30 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young woman with limited resources.

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