A loan of $7,200 helped to buy a hair removal laser machine.


Nisreen's story

Nisreen is a strong, self-made woman. A 50-year-old widowed mother of three, Nisreen owns a hair and beauty salon. Since her husband passed away in 2008, she has been the sole carer and provider for their children.

Nisreen’s dream of running a salon started a long time ago but like most Iraqi women, she has faced many obstacles in making her dream come true. When she first wanted to work in the late 1970s, her brother prevented her from doing so, considering the idea of working in a salon to be ‘shameful’. Nisreen’s husband was supportive of her goals and after they married, she was able to begin working in the beauty sector. Nisreen still dreamed of opening her own salon but faced another challenge; a lack of capital. However, Nisreen didn’t give up and instead spent years working in a salon during the day and sewing at home in the evenings to save money. Over the years she saved enough money to finally open her own salon in 1986. The income from Nisreen’s salon now supports her whole family and she has even trained her daughter-in-law who works with her.

Nisreen wants to expand her business further by offering her clients laser hair removal, a service which is very much in demand in Iraq. She applied for an SME loan in the amount of $7,200 to enable her to purchase a laser hair removal machine.

As she explains in her own words: "My name is Nisreen, and I’ve been working in beauty salons for 34 years. My beauty salon is how my family and I make a living. I’m interested in joining the WLIFT program to learn. I want to succeed as a business woman like business women abroad and I would like to learn new things related to my work such as fashionable hairstyles."



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