A loan of $4,500 helped a member to buy a new sewing machine and renew her work area.

Kwestan's Group's story

Kwestan is 39 years old, a married mother of two children living in Iraq.

With four years experience, Kwestan has been contributing to her family's income by working from home on an old sewing machine. Meeting both her household duties and fulfilling her customers' wishes, she has been making dresses and small household items based on orders.

To improve her opportunities, Kwestan took a loan from Relief International - Microfinance Iraq to buy a new sewing machine and renew her work area.

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 these borrowers 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: Kwestan, Rezan, Tarza
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