A loan of $4,500 helped a member to improve her working area and to buy more fabric and materials.


Parween's Group's story

Parween is a kind, 48-year-old, Iraqi woman. She is married and has five children. As do many women in Iraq, Parween learned to sew at a young age. Her skills have allowed her to meet her family’s clothing needs during some difficult years. Ten years ago, Parween decided to put her sewing skills to good use. She started making dresses and accepting custom orders from other families. Working from home, she was able to use her sewing machine and her skills to contribute to her family’s income. Parween took a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of $1,500 to improve her working area and to buy more fabric and materials to provide a wider and better-quality selection for her customers. Relief International Microfinance Iraq offers "group loans" for clients unable to apply for a loan as an individual. As a group, the members collectively guarantee the loan. Groups consist of three to five clients, and each client is evaluated on his or her repayment capacity. All group members receive the same loan amount as the individual with the lowest repayment capacity in the group.

In this group: Parween, Aveen, Nawroz
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