A loan of $3,000 helped a member to replace her sewing machine for a newer one and buy some quality fabrics and raw materials.


Katan's Group's story

Katan is a 33 year-old married Iraqi woman. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Katan is one of the many Iraqi women who are working from home, using her sewing skills to generate some income and participate in meeting the financial needs of her family.

She has five years experience with the small home-based business activity. To be able to offer better quality products and a variety of services to her customers, she would like to replace her sewing machine for a newer one and buy some quality fabrics and raw materials. To pay for these purchases 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: Katan , Paxshan , Faiza



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