A loan of $1,800 helped to purchase of an overlock machine and some good-quality fabrics and raw materials.


Hamdia's story

Hamdia is 29 years old. She is a married Iraqi woman and mother of one child. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Hamdia 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.

Hamdia has eight years of experience with the small home-based sewing and tailoring business. She makes custom-order dresses for women and children and also makes small fabric household items based on orders. She would like to improve the variety of services she can offer and increase her creativity with the purchase of an overlock machine and some nice, good-quality fabrics and raw materials. She also has many ideas for making her work area a little nicer after she has focused on her priority purchases.

To be able to pay for the new items, she took a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of $1800. Hamdia will turn 30 later this year. Being under the age of 30, she 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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