A loan of $1,150 helped a member to purchase a new machine for her tailoring business.

Gulnaz's Group's story

Gulnaz is a 48-year-old widow with 2 sons and 3 daughters. Her husband died of diabetes when her children were at an early age. Since then, she has been looking after her children and paying all household expenses alone by providing tailoring services in her community. She faced a very difficult time after the death of her husband. She recently had a uterus operation but she is still working with full delegation to provide for the family needs. She works 8 hours a day.
In spite of working full time, she takes care of all the housework and makes sure that she can fulfill all of her children's needs.

All of the income which comes from her tailoring business goes to the household expenses due to which she is unable to save any amount for her children’s future but she is very much thankful to Allah Almighty that she is having her own house to live in.

Her older son owns a small shop selling fried chicken at the corner of the street but his income is insufficient and the other one did matriculation*** and took some computer courses as well but he is jobless. Her one daughter did matriculation and got married and now has 2 sons, while the youngest one has recently completed B.com (Bachelor of Commerce)

Gulnaz, as a member of this 6-person lending group, has requested a loan from Kiva partner BRAC Pakistan to purchase fabric and a separate sewing machine for her tailoring business since she currently has only one sewing machine which she uses for her tailoring business as well as for personal use.

Gulnaz hopes that the loan will be beneficial to them.

Note: In the picture Gulnaz holds a passbook in her hand.

***See this Wikipedia entry for a detailed explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matriculation#Pakistan

In this group: Gulnaz, Aabida, Shamim, Azra, Amriya, Aziz-Un-Nisa

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