Through the tremendous support I have received from Microfund for Women, I managed to market my clay business and reach more customers.
- > 136,000 active borrowers
- > 96% of active borrowers are women
- Total amount of loans disbursed is > 661,575,358
- Repayment rate is > 98%
- > 1,000,000 loans
- > 31 international and local awards
- > 63 branches
- > 700 employees
- > 68% of employees are women
Ra’efa gained considerable experience working as a hairdresser in several beauty salons in Al Azraq. Her desire to open her own beauty salon was just as natural, and she turned to Microfund for Women, which provided funding to buy the needed equipment and decoration. In addition, she benefited from the free e-training courses MFW provides for their beneficiaries in various areas such as leadership, project management, and others.
Despite the significant challenges Ra’efa faced, the most important of which are: The fact that her clients did not know that she had become an independent salon, that they were difficult to reach, and that the community did not accept the idea of the woman working in her shop, but she did succeed in her project and excelled, and she dreams of expanding and opening a beauty and skincare center in the near future.
As for her relationship with Microfund for Women, she says: I encourage all women around me to take the first step to start small businesses regardless of the difficulty of the circumstances. “