• Meada
    A loan of $7,000 helps Meada to replace some of the current equipment in her prosthetics factory ...

    22% repaid
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  • Bayan
    A loan of $14,400 helps Bayan to finance the refurbishment of her building and open a shop to dis...

    50% repaid
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  • Ayar
    A loan of $10,000 helps Ayar to move production of rugs to a larger workshop, have a showroom to ...

    0% repaid
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  • Ibtisam
    A loan of $14,000 helps Ibtisam to purchase more and better quality merchandise as well as improv...

    27% repaid
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Photo: Csilla Budai

Business is the key

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the key to building a strong, sustainable economy in Iraq. When you lend to a woman business owner through this program:

  • She‘ll get the training and mentorship she needs to build a thriving, influential business.
  • She‘s likely to invest up to 80% of her income in her children‘s health and education.
  • She can create jobs and is more likely to hire other women, strengthening her community and promoting gender equality.

You can make a positive difference in Iraq. Make a loan, expand financial access, and give women the tools they need to succeed.

How Does Kiva Work?

  1. Choose a borrower
    you want to lend $25 or more to. Overall, borrowers on Kiva have a 98% repayment rate.
  2. Follow your loan.
    You'll get updates about the progress of your loan, including repayments.
  3. Do it all again!
    Any repayments are yours to keep, but we hope you'll support another person.
About Microfinance
Safe, affordable capital to those in need helps people create a better life for themselves
The Story of a Kiva Loan
Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.


WLIFT stands for Women Leveraging the Internet for Financial Transformation, and is a partnership between microfinance institution Relief International, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Kiva to expand economic opportunity for women business owners in Iraq.

The program combines customized technical assistance with loans for women-owned small and medium enterprises in Iraq to help them grow, increase profitability, and create more stable jobs in their communities.


Relief International is a humanitarian non-profit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. It selects remarkable women business owners in Iraq, facilitates their loans, and provides them with business development and financial training.

The Cherie Blair Foundation is dedicated to building a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole. The foundation will connect Iraqi women business owners with executive mentors worldwide to get one-on-one peer support.