A loan of $5,400 helped a member to renew her work area and to buy a some nice quality fabric and raw materials.


Anonymous Group's story

This group of Iraqi women would like to remain anonymous. The leader of this group is a 27-year-old Iraqi woman. She is married and a mother of one child. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, she is one of the many Iraqi woman who is working from home, using her sewing skills to generate some income and participate in meeting the financial needs of her family. The leader of this group has 5 years of experience with her small home based sewing business which she would like to improve now. She would like to renew her work area to work under better conditions and she would also like to buy a some nice quality fabric and raw materials to offer better choices for her customers. To be able to pay for these improvements she took a loan from Relief International - Microfinance Iraq. 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: Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous
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