A loan of $2,400 helped a member to replace her old sewing machine and to buy an overlock machine.


Saade's Group's story

Saade is a 43-year-old Iraqi woman. She is married and a mother of two children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Saade is one of the many Iraqi women who work from home, using her sewing skills to generate some income and participate in meeting the financial needs of her family.

Saade has three years' experience with a small, home-based sewing and tailoring business, which she would now like to improve by replacing her old sewing machine with a new one and also by buying an overlock machine (for decorative stitching). With these purchases she will be able to offer more choices to her customers and provide them with more creative options. To be able to buy the machines, she took a loan from Relief International-Microfinance Iraq.

Relief International-Microfinance Iraq offers group loans for clients unable to provide a guarantor and therefore 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: Saade , Seran , Chiman
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