A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy yarn for her knitting business.

Allah Rakhi's Group's story

Allah rakhi lives in the small city of Kasur in the Punjab region of Pakistan. She lives with her family in the area of Dungipura in a 2-room brick house. Allah rakhi, 50 years old, does embroidery to share the financial burden with her husband. She is very good at her work and receives regular orders from her neighboring customers. She also knits sweaters on order, which earns for her a good profit as well. Allah rakhi has 4 daughters; the 2 elder daughters are illiterate and help their mother in her businesses while the 2 younger daughters study. Allah rakhi"s husband, R. ahmed, operates a weaving business with a power loom (a hand-operated machine for weaving thread or yarn into cloth). His business is located in the market and he earns a good living by selling thread to customers.

Allah rakhi has applied for a loan from Kiva's partner Asasah for her knitting business. She plans to use the loan to buy yarn for knitting a larger number of sweaters. Winter season has started and the demand for sweaters has become high. She hopes that she will earn good profits this winter. Allah rakhi is a regular lender with Asasah and this is her fifth loan application. In previous loan years, she has maintained good credit behavior and never missed a meeting.

Note: In the photo, Allah rakhi is holding a book (the Asasah Passbook).

In this group: Allah Rakhi, Shamim, Saima Begum, Shahnaz Bibi, Bilquis Bibi

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