A loan of $4,200 helped a member to improve her working area and to buy more fabric and materials.

Tara's Group's story

Tara is one of the many Iraqi widows who are trying to create better living conditions for themselves and their children after the loss of their supportive husbands.

Tara is a shy, 37-year-old mother of one child. For the past six years, she has been working from home on sewing and tailoring jobs.

Tara took a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq 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" to clients unable to qualify 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.

Based on the political and social challenges of lending in Iraq, personally identifiable information about this borrower has been altered for their protection. RI-Iraq appreciates Kiva lenders' consideration of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support of Iraqi borrowers.

In this group: Tara, Galawezh, Hero

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