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Dignity Loan Program continues to grow

Feb 17, 2016

Yesterday Selma, 23, of Salfit, Palestine became a proud participant in our loan program. Selma is a final year geography student, a wife and a mother of a one year old, Raed. At a young age, Selma’s mother taught her to sew in the traditional Palestinian style. 

 

Recently, Selma has been selling her work to supplement her husband’s income. Selma has gained a strong reputation in her region for her work and wants to expand her business. With our  loan, she will be able to buy different fabrics and materials to offer to her clients and participate in crafts shows around the country. She has also identified an opportunity to rent out some of the dresses she makes, particularly to brides and wedding guests. Our loan will allow her to build the inventory to capitalize on this opportunity. 

 

The Dignity Loan Program is a project established by the Order of Malta Representative Office to the State of Palestine. The project aims to provide a mechanism for a deprived and marginalized community to help improve its circumstances with dignity through recyclable, interest-free loans to individuals and co-operative projects. These loan recipients have the ability to increase incomes, create jobs, and generally better the community. One of the highlights of the program is its recyclable nature that encourages the community to create and support new projects. When Selma pays her loan back, another woman in her community will receive the loan for her own project.

 

We look forward to seeing Selma grow in her business and becoming financially independent.

 

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