I have created this page because my dear friend Marima needs help. I met Marima while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and she gave me purpose during my time there. We worked together almost every day for over a year to build her embroidery business and in the mean time, became great friends. When I first met Marima, she had just recently realized her lifelong dream of purchasing a building so she would have a place to store and sell her beautiful embroideries. Marima had just invested her life savings of $14,500 USD (just over 4 years local salary) into a 60% down payment, while mortgaging the rest.
Just recently Marima underwent back surgery, which put her out of work for 3 months. She has been unable to work while recovering so between her mortgage payments and working tirelessly to put her two children through college, the bills have piled up and she's in danger of losing her building.
Marima needs $5,500 or she will lose both her store, her initial investment and her livelihood. I only ask for your donations because I believe wholeheartedly in her cause and know that if everyone gives a little, we can end Marima's financial burden and ensure that her children will successfully finish school.
Marima belongs to a small minority of Kazakh people who live in Western Mongolia. She is a Mongolian citizen but ethnically Kazakh. Mongolia is a male dominated society with very few women building businesses. This has all culminated to make her accomplishments that much more remarkable.
Please, please help Marima!
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call:
Thanks so much!