Total loan: $12,375


Sirnak, Şırnak, Turkey / Services

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

Berna's story

Berna lives in southeastern of Turkey, a city bordering both Syria and Iraq, at the downtown of Sirnak. It has been a tough region to live. Especially after violence in 2015-2016, the city is trying to be reborn from ashes. Women who live here, like her, are stuck at home, but now with the situation having settled, they need to move on and recover. Berna decided to help women by creating a platform where women could heal up both physically and mentally. At that point, Berna 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. Berna 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. For example; they donate toys to children suffering from cancer, or buy gifts for nursing home residents at holidays and special days like Mother's Day, etc. Accordingly, Berna thinks a b-fit center will be most appropriate place for women who live in Sirnak. Thus, they can improve their physical and mental health together. However, Berna needs money to buy the necessary hydraulic workout equipments and to decorate the club so women can utilize it best. This is the reason Berna excitedly waits KIVA lenders help not only for herself but also for women living in Sirnak and she presents her thanks in advance.