A loan of $2,500 helped to replace her old sewing machine and make her work area nicer.

Charakhan's story

Charakhan is a 31-year-old Iraqi woman. She is married and the mother of two children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Charakhan 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.

Charakhan has four years of experience in the home-based sewing business, making custom-ordered dresses and other small fabric household items. She is currently using an old sewing machine, which she would like to replace with a newer model to improve her speed and meet the orders of more customers. She would also like to make some small changes to her work area by painting it and adding some small furniture items to store her materials.

To make these purchases, she is taking a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 2,500 USD.

Because of the political and social challenges of lending in Iraq, personally identifiable information about this borrower has been altered for her protection. RI-Iraq appreciates Kiva lenders' consideration of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support for Iraqi borrowers.

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