A loan of $12,500 helped to improve the current store and also to add small electrical appliances to her current stock.


Rana's story

Rana knows challenges and will never be afraid to face them. While everyone told her she is out to fail with her project, she kept working harder and harder until she proved them wrong.

Rana is a 35 years old Iraqi woman, she is married and a mother of 3 children. Five years ago her husband was paralyzed and since then she is the sole provider for the family. Facing a tough situation others might not have been able to handle, Rana took matters into her own hand.

Using the small land they had, she had a store built which was gradually filled with various goods. With great intuition about supply and demand, she purchased items for retail her customers could only buy in different towns before. With 5 years experience and a well built reputation, she is now able to attract many customers and carry many items from basic household goods to clothing and accessories for every member of the family.

Her growing business qualifies for the WLIFT program as Rana is taking a SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount 12,500 USD. Rana plans to use the loan to improve the current store and also to add small electrical appliances to her current stock.

Rana is confident, and her strong personality and persistence to succeed will surely help her succeed She is not only growing into a respected local business woman but also is a great role-model for success to her children and other women in her area.

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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