A loan of $8,000 helped to purchase new products, increase her stock and purchase inventory software to organize and track her merchandise.


Hussniya's story

Hussniyah is a persistent, self-made entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in various careers. Although she started her professional life in sewing workshops, specializing in embroidery and rug weaving, circumstances and opportunity led her to open her own grocery store. A 52 year old mother of six children, Hussniyah had a challenging marriage and her life has not gotten easier since her divorce five years ago as she is now the sole caregiver and provider for her children. Despite traditional roles and cultural norms in her town, she entered the commercial world of men to open her grocery store at the age of 49. In the last five years her business has grown steadily, attracting clients; adding new goods and merchandise; and creating new job opportunities for community members. Currently she employs four individuals and expects that number to increase. Hussniyah’s growing business and willingness to develop her business skills qualified her to participate in the WLIFT program and take a SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 8,000 USD. With the loan Hussniyah plans to purchase new products, increase her stock, and purchase inventory software to organize and track her merchandise.



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