A loan of $700 helped a member to purchase textiles, dresses and other basic materials needed for sewing.


Al-Rafa Group's story

The Al-Rafa Group consists of three members, all female. From Sana'a, Yemen, they know each other very well because they have lived in the same neighborhood for a long time. All their projects are home-based. They have many clients, however, mostly women.

The group has taken out a loan of 150,000 Yemeni rials through group lending, which the Al-Amal Microfinance Bank offers to women who cannot provide guarantees. The group leader, Haya, who is 36 years old, acquired her dressmaking skills long ago. Her main business is sewing and, due to her good reputation, she has a woman to help her with her sewing. When her clients are getting married or having a party, they come to her to sew their gowns.

Haya will use her portion of the loan to purchase textiles, dresses and other basic materials needed for sewing. In the future, she plans to open a big tailoring shop to increase her profits.

In this group: Haya, Aisha, Kfaia



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