A loan of $4,800 helped a member to improve her working area and to be able to buy better quality fabric and materials.


Pashaw's Group's story

Pashaw is a married, young mother. She is 21 years old, and like many Iraqi women, has learned to sew at a young age. She has 4 years experience sewing and tailoring, and she is working from her home to help support her family, generating income from the sewing and tailoring orders.

A shy, traditional woman, Pashaw is using her skills to help create a respectable social status for her child.

Pashaw took a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 1,600 USD to improve her working area and to be able to buy better quality fabric and materials.

Relief International Microfinance Iraq offers "Group loans" for clients unable to provide a guarantor - thereby unable to apply for a loan as an individual. As a group, the members collectively guarantee the loan. Groups consist of 3 to 5 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 for Iraqi borrowers.

In this group: Pashaw, Chiman , Xadija
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