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Aybegün sews women’s clothing. Responsible for looking after her family, Aybegün was determined to succeed as she began work with a single sewing machine. She thought no one would support her. When she learned about Maya, she was able to buy a very important industrial iron. With her second loan she bought cloth and thread.

She thought her life was a series of difficulties. She knows being a woman is already difficult, and for a woman who has to earn money without support, working is more difficult. She wants Maya to gain strength and extend its services, providing steady support. In the future, she also wants to help women who need support.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

Aybegün Hanım kadın kıyafetleri dikiyor. Ailesine bakmakla yukumlu olan Aybegün hanım tek bir makinayla başladığı esnaflıkta başarılı olmakta kararlı. Bu çabalarında kendısıne kımsenın destek olmadığını dusunurken Maya ile tanıştığını ve işi için cok onemlı olan sanayi tipi ütüyü alabildiğini soyluyor. 2. Kredisiyle de toplan kumaş ve iplik alarak kazançlı bir alışveriş yaptığını belırtıyor. Hayatının mucadeleden ıbaret oldugunu dusuyor. Kadın olmak zaten zorken desteği olmayan ve para kazanmak zorunda olan bir kadının işinin daha zor olduğunu biliyor. Maya sayesinde guclenmek ve yere sağlam basmak istiyor. İlerde kendısı de destege ıhtıyacı olan kadınlara fayda sağlamak istiyor.

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More information about this loan

Maya works to extend access to finance in Turkey, a country which, as a whole, has very limited microfinance services. By supporting this loan, you are helping Maya continue their work and specifically reach female borrowers in Turkey, many of whom come from rural parts of the country. 

About Maya

Although Turkey is one of the largest economies in the region, it has not reached its potential for microfinance investment. Deficient legal structures for microfinance credit initiatives and lack of quality information about microfinance demand and structure in Turkey are the largest obstacles to improvements in the field. Under these challenging conditions, Maya provides group and individual loans to low-income women who lack access to the financial services they need in order to start or improve their own small-scale businesses. Maya borrowers are part of lending groups, but are posted to Kiva as individuals. Therefore, lenders are exposed to additional risk of default in the event that a member of this borrower's group defaults on her loan. Maya, established in 2002, was Turkey’s first microcredit program. Maya is Kiva’s first Field Partner in Turkey and posted its first loans in August 2011. Headquartered in Istanbul, Maya has four branch offices. For more information, visit Maya’s partner page.

About Turkey

  • $19,600
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $475,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.3
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Aybegün to buy cloth and thread.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 3, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2014