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İlknur is a married mother of four children. She runs a meerschaum pipe shop with her husband, selling the special white stone that is mined. They buy unprocessed stone, and İlknur carves it in a workshop in their home. Her husband sells the merchandise in the shop.

Tourism has grown in İlknur's city in recent years, and business has been good. With the loan, she will buy raw meerschaum to process and increase their sales. Her goals are to open a workshop and sell their products worldwide to create a good future for her children.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff

İlknur,evli dört çocuk annesi eşiyle beraber lületaşı dükkanı işletiyor lüle taşını ham işlenmemiş olarak alıyor. Evde bir odasını atölye haline getirerek çalışmalarına orada devam ediyor. Dükkanda satışlarını eşi gerçekleştiriyor. Yaşadığı şehir son yıllarda turizm de gelişme sağladığı için satışları iyi gitmeye başladı. Maya'dan aldığı kredi ile lületaşını ham olarak aldı ve işleyerek satışlarını artırıyor. Hedefleri var atölye açmak ve ürünlerini dunya ya satar hale gelmek çocuklarına iyi bir gelecek hazırlamak.

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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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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $492,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.1
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

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