A loan of $12,000 helped to expand her business by purchasing additional equipment that will improve her clients’ experience, including massage chairs; manicure and pedicure tools and equipment; and furniture.


Bekhal's story

Bekhal is a true model of a persistent, self-made Iraqi woman. A 48 year old mother, she took over the prime responsibility of raising her teenage son after her divorce 15 years ago. Following her divorce Bekhal’s work as school clerk did not provide enough income to cover her and her son’s expenses. To supplement her income, she worked in the evenings for almost three years, making handicrafts and knitting wool to provide an extra income. When she realized that this extra income would not cover the increasing expenses of her growing son, she decided to build on her old hobby of hair dressing and open her own beauty salon.

Although she was faced with many difficult challenges, including a lack of capital, Bekhal refused to give up. She worked in a salon for two years learning her trade and saving money. Over time, she saved enough to attend professional training in Turkey and finally opened her own salon in 2004. Though she remembers the difficult times she faced, Bekhal is proud of her achievements and has become a strong entrepreneur who has been able to prove her worth to her family and her society.

Through the creation of her salon, Bekhal was able to create two job opportunities for other community members and expects to increase her number of employees as her business develops. Her growing business and willingness to cultivate her occupational skills qualified her to participate in the WLIFT program and take an SME loan from Relief International Microfinance Iraq in the amount of 12,000 USD. With this money, Bekhal hopes to expand her business by purchasing additional equipment that will improve her clients’ experience, including massage chairs; manicure and pedicure tools and equipment; and furniture.



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