A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy leather, nails and shoe polish for shoe-making business.

Hajra's Group's story

Hajra is 45 years old. Her husband’s name is N. A. and he has a construction supply sales business. He sells supplies to different construction companies and to the regular customers at a good profit.

Hajra shares the financial burden with her husband by selling shawls (item of clothing, loosely worn over the shoulders). She receives orders from her neighborhood clients and completes their orders by providing them shawls of different qualities. She purchases these shawls from the city of Lahore where she visits once a month.

She has three sons and four daughters. Her eldest son makes shoes. He learnt this art from a person in his community. He worked with him for three years and now he operates his own business. Her first two daughters help her in operating her shawl-selling business. Others are studying, attending a local school.

Hajra has applied for a loan from Kiva partner Asasah for the improvement of her son’s business. With the loan, he will buy leather, nails and shoe polish to make shoes in larger quantity. Hajra is very confident that her son’s 5 years of experience in his business will help him earn better profits after the loan investment and she will be able to save some of the profit to marry off her daughter in the near future. She is a new loan applicant of Asasah and hopes that it will be profitable experience for her.

She lives in Kasur which is a small city of Punjab, Pakistan, famous for its leather industry. She lives there in a small home which contains two rooms, in the area of Jamatpura.

In this group: Hajra , Shumaila, Nargis Parveen, Hanifan Bibi, Shukria Bibi

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