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Total loan: $725

Salwa

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Russaifeh North, , Jordan / Food

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A loan helped to buy a new machine to be able to prepare a special dish from home, saving much time and energy.


Salwa's story

Salwa is a 55-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan. She became a widow 16 years ago, which left her with six sons to feed.

When she used to live in Damascus, she depended on her late husband's pension and the help of her family. None of her sons studied in university except for the youngest, who stayed to study law in Syria but was not able to pursue his studies due to the war.

Currently, Salwa lives with only two of her sons, while another two live in Cyprus and one in Turkey to be able to make a living; the youngest is pursuing his law study in Germany.

She only started working when she came to Jordan, preparing several types of traditional Syrian dishes and different types of pickles. As the word spread among her neighbors about her delicious food, she started receiving continuous orders.

Salwa took a 500 JD loan from Kiva Field Partner Microfund for Women to be able to buy a meat grinder that allows her to prepare some meals instead of having to go to the butcher to make it, which costs her a lot of time and energy.

She dreams of opening her own shop, which will also help to secure a permanent job for her son, who suffers from a cervical disc that prevents him from working in the construction field. This would enable them to enhance their living conditions.