A loan of $14,400 helped to finance the refurbishment of her building and open a shop to display her works.

Bayan's story

Bayan is a joyful Iraqi entrepreneur, with the true spirit to spread beauty through her arts and crafts work. She is 55 years old and started her business endeavors with her beauty salon where Relief International staff had the pleasure to meet her. Her salon is a small, reputable establishment attracting many clients in her neighborhood.

While she is proud of her salon and the successes she had with the business, Bayan's passion is her art work. She makes beautiful crepe paper flowers which she displays in various ways on picture frames to hang as 3D art, in vases as simple bouquets or just as simple individual stem of flowers. The lifelike pieces take about 6-8 hours to make and she is constantly trying out new techniques and new type of flowers. Until now she has been working from her home in her spare time on this precious hobby, and then taking her works to various fairs in town where she can sell her products for about 60-80 dollars each. But unfortunately such fairs are infrequent, and also it takes time and money to attend them. And although she now has a lot of nice and finished pieces, she has no place to really display them and sell them.

She would like refurbish a little back storage space next to the salon, and use it as a small shop for the decorative pieces. The location is really ideal, as the room has a street front, and with some basic work can easily be turned into a cute shop for her works - an ideal start for a business opportunity she is so passionate about.

Just Listen to her short video introduction:
"Hello, my name is Bayan. I learned this art and started working with the raw materials when I was a child and till now I enjoy working and improving my craft. And now I hope to make it even better and take it to the next level. I would like to teach the art and have a few people work with me, and together work on creating both clay ceramics and flowers - as you can see - which are made of crepe (or tissue) paper. And I hope to continuously improve my work and results. Thanks!"

Bayan is taking an SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq to finance the refurbishment of the space and open the shop to display her works.

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