A loan of $4,500 helped a member to improve her work area and pay for its renovation.

Kwestan's Group's story

Kwestan is a 23 year old, young, married, Iraqi woman. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Kwestan 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.

She has two years experience with the small home based business activity. She would like to improve her work area and have a better work experience for a more pleasant time spent by the sewing machine as she creates custom ordered dresses and small household items. To pay for the renovation works she would like to take 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: Kwestan, Rezan, Galawiezh

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