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Zainab, is a 30 year old married Iraqi woman. She has three children. Zainab started sewing in 2004, when she bought an old sewing machine to assists her husband in their family's income. She gained an excellent reputation in the neighborhood, thanks to the quality of her work and affordable prices. Now that the family has grown and the expenses increased, Zainab decided to take a loan in order to improve the workplace condition and be able to increase her production, generating additional income to enable her children to go to school.

Zainab is requesting a loan from Izdiharona to buy new sewing machine, generator and renovate her workplace to increase her production. She is aiming to grow her business and open a small sewing factory to increase the number of jobs and help more jobless women.

The story of Zainab and her sewing business is just one of the many examples of Izdiharona for economic development clients.

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This loan is designed for home-based businesses and income generation projects run by women in Iraq. Following years of conflict in the country, female-headed households constitute a highly vulnerable segment of the Iraqi population. Iraqi women continue to face widespread instances of gender based violence, including domestic violence, honor killings, and trafficking. Government programs intended to support women often suffer from corruption, outdated systems, and administrative obstacles. By supporting this loan, you are enabling a woman in Iraq to establish or grow her business.

About Izdiharona for Economic Development

Izdiharona for Economic Development (Izdiharona) is a nonprofit organization in Iraq that provides financial assistance to small and medium enterprises in need of capital so they can develop their businesses and train their staff. Founded in 2008, it currently operates ten branch offices throughout Iraq in the provinces of Baghdad, Babil, Basra, Karbala, Messan, Sulaymaniyah and more. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to provide education, startup, green, and youth loans, as well as interest free loans to the ultra poor and loans that support income generating projects for women.

About Iraq

  • $7,100
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Iraq Loans Fundraising
  • $9,342,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,400 helped Zainab a loan of $2,400 helped Zainab to buy sewing machine, generator and renovate her workplace.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 18, 2013
Oct 6, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014