A loan of $10,000 helped to buy additional equipment and computers, as well as conduct some promotional events and marketing activities for her translation office.


Tara's story

Tara is an ambitious, enthusiastic, and motivated Iraqi woman with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Tara’s first degree was a diploma in electricity from the technical institute in her town, but she could not find employment utilizing this skill set. In pursuit of job opportunities, she studied English literature and received another diploma and began working in her father’s translation office. She learned from her father’s experience and has worked diligently over the course of fifteen years to become a reputable and professional translator, speaking four languages: Kurdish (her mother language), Arabic, English, and Yugoslavian.

Tara’s father is pleased that she is following in his footsteps, and is sharing his experience and skills with Tara as much as possible. Though his financial conditions are not great, he supported Tara as much as he could in her pursuit to open her own translation office one year ago.

Tara is 47 years of age. Her translation office is helping her to be financially independent, which is rare in Iraq and the Middle East, where single women are often dependent on their fathers and/or elder brothers. Moreover, she helps her family financially and has created four job opportunities in the community. An ambitious and enthusiastic entrepreneur, Tara dreams to have an international translation firm that translates to and from most of the main international languages.

Tara’s willingness to build her managerial capacities by participating in the WLIFT program and to improve her business qualified her for a loan of $10,000 from Relief International. The loan will allow her to buy additional equipment and computers, as well as conduct some promotional events and marketing activities that will hopefully increase her business sales.



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