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Nazli is a married retired teacher with one child. When she was a teacher, she was very interested in making handicrafts and eventually learned the craft. After she retired, an art house opened in her area and started giving public classes as well as selling the students’ handiwork in their shop. Nazli is making her own jewelry, bags, towels and needlework, which are being sold in the shop. In the summer, she also has a small stall where she sells her goods on the seaside and would eventually like to only sell her products there and not in the art school’s shop. In this way, she believes she would have more time to focus on making more handicrafts.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Nazlı Hanım öğretmen emeklisi,evli ve bir çocuğu var. Nazlı Hanım öğretmenlik yıllarında el sanatlarına merak sarıyor ve çeşitli kurslara giderek bilgi ve becerisini arttırıyor. Emekli olunca bir yer açıyor. Halk eğitimle ortak kadınlara burada el işi kursları veriliyor. Aynı zamanda burasını dükkana da çevirip el işi malzemeleri satışı yapıyor. Kendisi de orijinal takılar,çantalar ,Havlu ve pano işlemeleri yapıyor. Nazlı Hanım aynı zaman da yaz aylarında sahilde tezgah açıyor ve kendi elişlerini burada satışını yapıyor. Nazlı Hanım sanat evini devredip sadece sahilde ki tezgahında iş yapmak istiyor.Çünkü bu şekilde daha çok zamanı olacak ve daha çok el sanatlarına vakit ayıracağını düşünüyor.

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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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  • $491,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.2
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Nazli to buy products.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 28, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 24, 2014