A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy a sewing machine and a small generator.

Bushra's Group's story

Bushra is a young, 28-year-old, Iraqi woman. She is married and a mother of three children. With limited career options due to cultural restrictions and domestic constraints, Bushra 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.

Bushra has ten years of experience with the small, home-based sewing business activity, making custom-ordered dresses for women and children, as well as other small fabric household items. She would like to buy a new sewing machine and a small generator, both of which will allow her to work more comfortably, be able to better plan her work hours, instead of waiting for the government power, and create better quality products for her customers. To be able to afford the purchases, she is taking a small loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq.

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 three to five 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 her protection. Relief International - Microfinance Iraq appreciates Kiva lenders' consideration of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support for Iraqi borrowers.

In this group: Bushra , Rageeda , Kareema

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