A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy a new sewing machine.

Anonymous Group's story

These group members taking out a loan requested to remain anonymous on the Kiva website. One of the group members is a 60-year-old Iraqi woman living in the south part of the country, an area still considered a conflict zone. She is married and a mother of five children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, she is one of the many Iraqi women who is working from home, using her sewing skills to generate some income and participate in meeting the financial needs of her family.

She has 10 years' experience with the home-based sewing activity and has been making dresses for women and children based on orders from her customers. With her share of the group loan she will buy a new sewing machine which will allow her to work faster and produce high quality work for more customers.

Relief International - Microfinance Iraq offers "Group loans" for clients unable to provide a guarantor - thereby unable to apply for a loan as an individual. As a group, the members collectively guarantee the loan. Groups consist of 3 to 5 clients and each client is evaluated on his or her repayment capacity. All group members receive the same loan amount as the individual with the lowest repayment capacity in the group.

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.

In this group: Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous

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