A loan of $275 helped to purchase a sewing machine for stitching clothes.

Shabnam's story

Shabnam is an enterprising woman with many dreams to fulfill. She lives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, with her four children. She loves her family and claims they are her greatest strength for getting up each morning and working hard to generate an income.

Since 2004, she has been working as a tailor. She provides stitching services in her community. Her eldest daughter also helps her in stitching up dresses. She has excellent stitching skills, and due to the money she generates, she has managed to provide a better quality of life for her family.

Her greatest wish is to expand her business and to purchase one more sewing machine, as her number of customers is increasing day by day. However, because of having only one machine, she cannot easily cope up with all the customers on time and that results in a loss of money and customers. Therefore, she is asking for a loan from Kiva's partner BRAC Pakistan to invest in the purchase of a sewing machine, which will allow her to fulfill the demands of customers more efficiently and to elevate her level of income.

With the profit amount, she wishes to start a general store business in her home to sell a variety of products, including biscuits, tea packs, rice, etc. She is very thankful to Kiva and BRAC Pakistan.

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