A loan of $10,000 helped to purchase a generator for her sewing business.

Zahra's story

Zahra is a young, ambitious Iraqi woman, running her own business since 2005. The small enterprise located in the south of Iraq was established after Zahra took a 60 day long course in sewing following the completion of her elementary education.

Zahra is 23 years old, at her young age she is determined and highly dedicated to her business. Although her career options were limited due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Zahra is making the most of her ideas, plans and sewing skills, and with the income she earns, she is able to participate in meeting the financial needs of her family.

With the potential for growing her business, she qualifies to participate in the WLIFT program and is taking a loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 10,000 USD. She intends to improve her work conditions and make her work more efficient with the purchase of a generator - as 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 - a new sewing machine and an air condition unit. Once the large purchases are completed, she will also buy some quality fabrics and raw materials.

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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