A loan of $12,000 helped to expand her business by adding distinct spaces for fitness and beauty and purchasing more equipment.


Zainab's story

Zainab, a 40-year-old mother, is a persistent, self-made woman. Following her divorce four years ago, she has been the sole caregiver and provider for her two children. Three years ago, faced with the challenge of generating sufficient income to support herself and her family, Zainab risked her only asset to become an entrepreneur. She sold a small piece of land, the only property she owned, in order to start her small beauty salon and fitness center. The road to success has been far from easy for Zainab. Unfortunately, her first choice of location was not ideal and she learned an important lesson about the significance of location in the success of a small and medium enterprises. Two years ago, after careful study, she was able to move her business to its current location, which has had positive results. Thanks to her improved financial and social status, Zainab has been able to send her son to private school. Most important, now that the business and family are on their feet, Zainab is looking for basic education classes for her 18-year-old daughter, who has not been in school due to her duties with the family and business. Zainab’s business has created two job opportunities for women, and she hopes to employ more as her business grows. Her growing business and willingness to learn and develop her business skills qualified her to participate in the WLIFT program and borrow a $12,000 SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq. With the loan she plans to expand her business by adding distinct spaces for fitness and beauty and purchasing more equipment.



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