Total loan: $12,375


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Cizre, Şırnak, Turkey / Services

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A loan helped to buy sports equipment and decoration in order to open her own sports center for women.

Ozlem's story

Ozlem is from the border town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey. She is 23 years old, lives with her family, raised and educated in her home town. In the last years Cizre has been suffering from internal violence, as well as immigration issues as a result of the Syrian war. Ozlem being educated as a banker and also a sports lover, sees that there is lack of women's center where women can come together, do sports and socialize. For women in Cizre, going outdoors and doing sports is not an option. Searching for alternatives, she came across a platform where women could heal up both physically and mentally. Ozlem met with b-fit Sports and Social Clubs, a social enterprise in Turkey with numerous sports centers throughout the country. All centers are owned by women, helping empower them economically in a society where businesses are often dominated by men. Ozlem will be opening her own franchise and it will have 9 platforms and 9 hydraulic equipments. The aim of this center is increasing physical activity of women. However, it is not just a sport center; it is also a place for women to come together to improve their social relationships, gain skills in different topics via experts’ seminars, and organize many activities together, such as raising donations for charity in their neighborhood. Accordingly, Ozlem thinks a b-fit center will be most appropriate place for women who live in Cizre. Thus, they can improve their physical and mental health together. However, Ozlem needs money to buy the necessary hydraulic workout equipments and to decorate the club so women can utilize it best. This is the reason Ozlem excitedly waits KIVA lenders help not only for herself but also for women living in Cizre and she presents her thanks in advance.