“Karemma……….. a story of struggle for the sake of others”

SONY DSCKaremma, who is known as Om Ibrahim and is 65 years old, knows the meaning of responsibility ever she was a young girl. At the age of 12, she dropped out of school to work with her father in a factory for making and packaging cheese and since then, she continued to work till now. After the death of her father, she became the main source of income for her family, where she was working in a factory for making plastic clothes pegs. She succeeded in making her brothers and sisters continue their education and get married.

After several years, Karemma got married and started a project for selling kebda sandwiches in the street in front of her house. This project was not welcomed by her mother-in-law, who gave Karemma and her husband some money to start a new project more suitable for their social image and status. Karemma used this money to start a kiosk for selling different products and also bought a pickup car for her husband to work on as a driver. Through the income from this kiosk, she was able to educate her children. She is a mother of four educated and married children, two daughters, whose ages are 35 and 32, and two sons, whose ages are 28 and 24.

Karemma’s husband died three years ago. She aimed to continue increasing her income by selling bread in addition to her kiosk. In 2015, she joined Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation and was able to obtain an individual loan. She used to loan to amend her late husband’s pick up car that was not used since his death to increase her income. Her dream is to see her project bigger and to own a fridge for chocolate and deep freeze for ice-cream.

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