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Şahizer is married and has a daughter. She makes meerschaum jewellery which she sells at a stand. With the loan from Maya, she will buy raw meerschaum to make her jewelry and increase her sales. She makes the jewelry in the evenings at her house to sell at the stand. Her goal is to open a workshop and store. She wants to globalize and sell her products internationally. She also wants a good future for her daughter.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Şahizer , evli bir kız çocuk annesi aileden gelen meslek lületaşını işleyerek takı haline getiriyor ve tezgahında satıyor . Maya'dan aldığı kredi ile lületaşını ham olarak aldı ve işleyerek satışlarını artırmak istiyor. Evinin bir odasında akşamları işliyor ve tezgahta satıyor. Hedefi atölye ve dükkan açmak. Dünyaya açılmak ürünlerini pazarlamak istiyor. Yedi yaşındaki kızına iyi bir gelecek hazırlamak istiyor.

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More information about this loan

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
  • 3
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $413,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.1
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Şahizer to buy raw meerschaum to make her jewelry.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014