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10.10.2013

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Focus microentrepreneur Lebanon ā€“ Samar Wazzi

Samar Wazzi designs dresses, veils, costumes for school children. She also repairs clothes and makes hems, etc..
This is her third loan with the Microfinance Institution Al Majmoua. Her first loan was long time ago, over 10 years.

She works from her home where she lives with her husband, her five children, her two beautiful sisters and three grandchildren. One day, she would like to have a real store to receive customers and attract new ones.

Despite hard living conditions and work when the electricity cut sometimes 3 hours per day, thus preventing her to use her sewing machine, she keeps smiling and remains positive about the future.

This loan allowed her to buy a new sewing machine that makes simple hems.
She would then be able to buy a more powerful sewing machine to do cross-stitching but also this is more expensive (about $ 2500).
With the help of her husband, who works as a plumber, Samar has so far been able to repay the loan on time.

Samar has 4 boys and 1 girl. Her 21 years old daughter is a hairdresser, the two eldest boys are married and also plumbers as their father, her third son works in a small restaurant in the camp where they live, and the youngest 16 years old one is currently looking for work.

The influx of Syrian refugees in this region of Lebanon who work in sewing and charge very low prices are real competitors for Samar.
However, she remains confident for this school year because thanks to these loans she managed to be famous in the area, especially for the fashioning of mandatory school costumes.

See the project page of Samar