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Mehtap has two children in school. She sells jewelry, baby vests, and linens. She says she has to work to earn extra income. She is a very talented and determined woman. With the loan, she’ll buy jewelry, beads, and baby clothes to sell.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Mehtap Hanım’ın 2 çocuğu var ve okula gidiyorlar. Mehtap Hanım,takı,bebek yelekleri,çamaşır satışı yapıyor. Ek gelir elde etmek için çalışmak zorunda olduğunu söylüyor. Çok yetenekli ve azimli bir kadın. Aldığı krediyle,takı boncuğu ve bebek eşyaları alıp satacak.

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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
  • 1
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    Turkey Loans Fundraising
  • $475,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.1
    Turkey Lira (TRY) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Mehtap buy jewelry, beads, and baby clothes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 17, 2014
Jul 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015