10 years of helping a unique class of entrepreneurs and their businesses
“I went into blacksmithing when I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in geography after a college friend offered me a job as an assistant at his blacksmith shop. Not long after that I had learned how to manufacture iron. I learned the ins and outs in a month. It’s a difficult job, but I love it because it can take on many forms and has an artistic element to it. Not long after I decided to step out on my own by opening up a small workshop, I slowly expanded and was able to open two more because of the way I service my clients and my fair pricing. I had heard of Tanmeyah through relatives when I needed to buy equipment to expand my business. I’ve taken out two loans with them over the last four years and I intend on continuing to use their services to reach my ultimate goal of opening a factory.”
“The sprig field project has been active for around 50/60 years. Every sector in Egypt relies on sprigs, especially the agriculture sector. When I heard that they opened a Tanmeyah branch in Fayoum and that it hands out loans to microenterprises, I decided to take advantage of these services to bolster my own project. It was a speedy process, once I applied and provided all the necessary documents, I received either the loan the same day or the day after. The first time I applied, I received EGP 8,000 and the second time, EGP 20,000. I still intend on taking out more loans for my project. Through Tanmeyah, I was able to double my output and my dream is to have my own truck to carry and transport my produce.”
Heba began knitting to make crocheted clothing for herself and her family members. Seeing potential, her family began spreading her work through word of mouth and she began to receive orders from their acquaintances and colleagues. After some time, using online marketing, Heba began to grow her business, receiving commissions for more work, including rugs. Lacking the capital to purchase the material for the rugs, Heba went to Tanmeyah upon her friend’s advice for a loan. She was able to successfully buy in bulk the material, making profit and growing her business and now has future plans to set up a knitting workshop.
Um Amr, a mother of four, has always been passionate about dressmaking. As a young girl, she began making dresses for her dolls, learning the craft at a young age. Despite initial objections from her father, she became the first in her family to complete her education and begin working, first making dresses for her neighbors and acquaintances at home. Following a break, she resumed work when her children were in school, with support from her husband. Rather than work at a factory, she decided that she wanted to open her own shop and for a while did well. Needing more capital for material however, her friend referred her to Tanmeyah. Upon meeting with them and receiving a loan, she was able to grow her business and fulfill her dream of owning her own dressmaking shop.