A loan of $1,500 helped to buy an over-machine and create a better work area for herself.

Zhian's story

Zhian is a young, shy, Iraqi woman. She is 28 years old, married and a mother of two children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Zhian is one of 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.

Zhian has been using her sewing skills for four years to help the family's income, working from home with a small sewing and tailoring business. Zhian works with an old sewing machine, making custom order dresses and other small fabric household items.

She would like to buy an over-machine and create a better work area for herself as she currently works in a small corner space in the children's room. To pay for these items she took a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq.

Zhian is under 30, and as such qualifies for a youth loan.

Based on 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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