A loan of $14,000 helped to renovate and expand the small shop and increase her capital through the purchase of more goods.


Marwa's story

Marwa is a 25 years old Iraqi woman. She is married and a mother of two children; with her family she is living and working in one of the south governorates of Iraq.

Since 2005 she been running her own small business selling electronic household appliances, household and kitchen stuffs and decorative items like the vases visible on the pictures. While the shop on the pictures might carry little significance, Marwa’s small business demonstrates a unique endeavor taken on by a unique woman.

To support Marwa with her plans and with great potential for her business to grow she is qualified to participate in the WLIFT program. Taking an SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq, she intends to renovate and expand the small shop and increase her capital through the purchase of more goods for retail.

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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