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Meryem is married and has three adult children. Four years ago she learned that Maya gave loans to women who worked or wanted to work from home. She applied and was approved. She took out three loans. She sold knitwork, felt bags and knickknacks she made from home and a stand. She has contributed to the economy of her home and her country for three years.

Meryem is applying for a 1,000 TRY loan, with which she will buy felt, beads and thread to make products to sell. She wants both to make money and make good use of her time.
Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

Meryem , evli üç çocuk annesi . Çocuklarını yetiştirmiş. 4 yıl önce Maya’ nın evinde is yapan ya da yapmak isteyen kadınlara kredi verdiğini öğrenmiş. Talepte bulunmuş,kredisi onaylanmış. 3 kez kredi kullanmış. Örgü örmüs,keçeden çanta ve süs eşyası yaparak, evden ve tezgahta satış yapmış. Üc yıldır aile ekonomisine ve ülke ekonomisine katkı sağlamış. Aldığı kredi ile keçe, boncuk ,ip alarak, üretim yaparak evde ve tezgahta satış yapmak istiyor . Hem para kazanmak hem de zamanını değerlendiriyor.

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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
  • 2.1
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Meryem to buy felt, beads and thread.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 24, 2014
Apr 1, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014