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Reyhan is married and is the mother of two grown children. She also has grandchildren.

For 25 years, Reyhan has made dumplings, phyllo sheets, tomato paste, tomato sauce and jams at home. At first she began selling them to her circle of friends, but as people got to know her products, her customer base increased, and she now even receives orders from Istanbul. With the loan from Maya, Reyhan intends to buy a mixer for kneading dough. “I did it by hand [for a long time] and my arms now hurt. A mixer will make things easier for me,” she said. It will also help her to work faster. Her dream is to one day open a shop and sell her products there.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Reyhan Hanım evli ,yetişkin iki çocuğu ve torunları var. Reyhan Hanım yirmi beş senedir evde mantı,el yufkası,salça,domates suyu,reçel yapıp satıyor. İlk önceleri çevresine satıyor ,yaptığı ürünler beğenilince müşterileri artıyor. İstanbul ‘dan siparişler alıyor. Aldığı kredi ile bir tane hamur yoğurma makinası alacak. ”Artık ellerim ve kollarım ağrıyor,bu makine bana kolaylık sağlayacak”dedi. İşlerini daha çabuk yapacağını belirtti. Tek hayali bir dükkan açmak ve yaptığı el ürünlerini burada satmak olduğunu belirtti.

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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 $375 helped Reyhan to buy a mixer for kneading dough.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 28, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015