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Zeynep is married with two children. After graduating from the tailoring department of a technical high school for girls, she began sewing for herself and her family. After getting married, she continued sewing outerwear for herself. Her friends and people in her circle really liked her sewing and starting putting in requests. Zeynep first started sewing for her friends and then the work naturally turned into a business. She now works out of her house, sewing made-to-order outer garments.

With the loan from Maya, she is going to buy herself another sewing machine. Because this machine is more multi-functional [than what she already has], she’ll be able to be able to sew more uniformly and she’ll have more business. Her biggest wish is to have greater financial security and to educate her children so they have careers.

Translated from Turkish by Maya Staff
Zeynep hanım evli ve iki çocuk annesi. Kız meslek giyim bölümünden mezun olduktan sonra kendine ve ailesine dikişler dikiyor. Evlenince de kendi üst giyimini dikmeye devam ediyor. Arkadaşları ve çevresinde dikişleri çok beğeniliyor ve istek de bulunuyorlar.Z eynep hanım ilk olarak arkadaşlarına dikmeye başlıyor ve bu iş kendiliğinden ticarete dönüşüyor. Şimdi evinde sipariş üzerine dışarıya üst giyim dikişi yapıyor. Aldığı kredi ile kendisine bir makine daha alacak. Bu makina daha fonksiyonlu olduğundan dikişlerinin daha muntazam olacağını ve işini ilerteteceğini belirtti. Ekonomik olarak güçlenmek,çocuklarını okutup meslek sahibi yapmak en büyük arzusu.

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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 $400 helped Zeynep to buy herself another sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 25, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015