Total loan: $12,000


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A loan helped to purchase wood and fabrics in addition to opening new production lines.

Lamia's story

Lamia, a 50 year old mother of two, comes from a family of merchants, making her well-acquainted with market dynamics. Building off this experience and heritage, eight years ago she chose to start her own furniture making business in order to better provide for her family. Self-confident and supported by her family, Lamia has successfully penetrated the male-dominated business world in her conservative community. Using market knowledge from her husband, who previously worked in a furniture store, she knew that there was a great demand for furniture in their area. Lamia is determined to succeed despite the many challenges she is facing, such as competition and lack of skilled labor and capital. Nevertheless, she is proud of her business and achievement. She regularly attends international specialized exhibitions and deals with suppliers directly, which have made her a stronger entrepreneur. Lamia’s business has been steadily growing, attracting new clients and adding new products. Moreover, she employs 13 members of her community, which she expects to increase as her business grows. Her willingness to learn and develop her business skills qualifies her to participate in the WLIFT program and take a SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 12,000 USD. With the loan she plans to purchase wood and fabrics in addition to opening new production lines.