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Sanem is a married, young entrepreneur. She studied glass art at Turkey’s top-notch Anatolia University’s Fine Arts School. She opened a small studio before opening a business. She has had her small business for five years now. She wants to buy a machine and a kiln for her studio. While she was studying, she exhibited three different works in Japan. Through connections, she has sold her products to some customers in the Netherlands and the US. She hopes to expand abroad.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Sanem Hanım, evli genç girişimci. Türkiye çapında ilk olan Anadolu Üniversitesi Güzel sanatlar Fakültesi Cam bölümünden cam eğitimi alan sayılı kişiler arasında. İşyerini açmadan önce küçük bir atölye kurmuş daha sonra işyerini açmış. 5 yıldır bu işi yapıyor. Küçük bir işyeri var. Bir atölye kurmak makine ve fırın almak. Üniversitede okurken üç ayrı işi japonyada sergilendi. Bağlantı kurduğu birkaç müşteri aracılığıyla Hollanda ve Amerika’ya ürünlerini satmış. Yurtdışına açılmayı hedefliyor.

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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
  • 0
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $408,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.2
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Sanem to buy a machine and a kiln for her studio.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 3, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014