Women like Maksuda have what it takes to succeed: skill, motivation and determination. But their families are barely surviving. Maksuda was married at the age of 13 to a man who was 52. She had two children and lived with her in-laws in a household of 11 people. She was physically abused and tortured mentally.
Maksuda was skilled at making hair bands, so with just $29, she started a fledgling business. She needed more materials, but didn’t want to borrow money from lenders at an inflated interest rate.
World Concern loaned Maksuda $286. She bought materials, and eventually sewing machines with future loans. Today, she has three full-time and seven part-time employees. She has paid back all her loans in full, and is now saving money for the future. Dignity and independence can be seen on her face as she works diligently with her hands, knowing she can provide for her children.
In 2010, World Concern helped 5,520 women start or improve small business through microloans.
You can ignite hope in the heart of a woman like Maksuda. Donate now and fund a microloan for a woman in need. Be the spark she needs to change her life.
It starts with a small business loan of just $100 and leads to independence from poverty. Women receive small business training and support along with their loan, ensuring their success and ability to repay the loan.
95% of loans are repaid in full! So your gift multiplies, helping more women start businesses and lift themselves out of poverty, permanently. Ignite hope today.
World Concern is a Christian global relief and development agency whose supporters’ faith compels them to extend opportunity and hope to people facing the most profound human challenges of extreme poverty serving in Africa, Asia, and Haiti.
Learn more about us at www.worldconcern.org.