What does MAYA do?
MAYA was established in June 2002 as an economic enterprise of the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW). MAYA provides small loans to economically disadvantaged women so they can develop the small businesses they have set up. MAYA is Turkey’s first micro finance institution.
Headquartered in Istanbul, MAYA began operations in Kocaeli, which was severely affected by the 1999 earthquake, and then extended its lending operations to Istanbul, Duzce, Sakarya and Eskisehir. MAYA currently lends in Kocaeli and Eskisehir. To date, MAYA has granted over 12,000 loans with a total value of over 12 million Turkish Lira.