A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy an overlock machine and nice, good quality fabrics and raw materials.


Aftar's Group's story

Aftar is a 29-year-old Iraqi woman. She is married and the mother of two children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Aftar 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 of experience with small, home-based sewing and tailoring work, making dresses for women and children as well as household items based on orders by her customers. She would like to improve her work and increase the type of services as well as the level of creativity in her work in order to be able to offer a greater variety of options to her customers. She would like to buy an overlock machine and nice, good 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 and who are thereby unable to apply for a loan as an individual. As a group, the members collectively guarantee the loan. Groups consist of three to five 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.

In this group: Aftar , Servua , Nwsha



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