A loan of $12,500 helped to work on further renovation works and expansion of the workshop with a special focus on her power supply.


Khaledah's story

Khaledah is a 46 years old Iraqi woman with a sense of entrepreneurship as a response to meet her and her family’s needs. She lives in the south of Iraq, and, as a widow, she is the sole provider for her family, raising her two small sons alone. With her dedicated work and endurance she established her home based sewing workshop in 2003 and has been working hard since then.

With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Khaledah is one of the many Iraqi woman who is working from home, using her sewing skills. She mainly makes dresses for women and children, and in the last 10 years she has worked hard on establishing her clientele and slowly growing her business.

Khaledah has in the past successfully received and repaid a small Relief International Microfinance Iraq business loan which she used for making her sewing workshop nicer as well as equipping it with required tools and appliances.

Ambitious and with great potential for growth, Khaledah qualifies for the WLIFT program and is taking a new loan to work on further renovation works and expansion of the workshop with a special focus on improving her electrical wiring and purchasing a generator which will allow her to work more efficiently, and have many more work hours by the sewing machine. Electricity in her area is provided for just a couple of hours a day, as such having her own power supply will exponentially improve her business. She also plans to invest in a modern sewing machine to be able to offer more options and creative solutions to her customers and will also purchase quality fabrics and raw materials to work with.

Based on the political and social challenges of lending in Iraq, personally identifiable information about this borrower has been altered for their protection. RI-Iraq appreciates Kiva lenders' consideration of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support for Iraqi borrowers.



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