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Züleyha has three children. She was raised by her aunt after losing her mother and began working at a young age. For this reason she was married underage and spent her childhood with children. She did tailoring at home for 32 years. Two and a half years ago she began working in a tailoring shop. She sews all kinds of bedding, coverlets, trousseaus and clothing products. With this loan she will prepare for the summer season with the goal of increasing her sales. She wants to spend her retirement in better circumstances.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

Züleyha Hanım’ın 3 çocuğu var. Çalışma hayatına çok erken yaşlarda başlayan Züleyha Hanım’ı halası büyüttü. Annesini çok erken yaşta kaybetti. Bu yüzden çocuk yaşta evlendi. Çocuklarıyla çocukluğunu yaşadı. 32 yıl evde terzilik yaptı . 2.5 senedir terzi dükkanında çalışma hayatını sürdürüyor. Her türlü nevresim, pike, çeyiz, giyim ürünleri dikmekte. Bu kredi ile yaz sezonuna dair hazırlanıp satışlarını artırmayı hedefliyor. Emekliliğini daha iyi şartlarda yaşamak 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
  • 2.1
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Züleyha to buy materials for tailoring.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2015