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Ali is a 27-year-old man who lives in Tyre, Southern Lebanon. Ali has owned a coffee shop since 1999. He also serves narguileh (also known as shisha in Egypt). Narguileh is an ancient tradition enjoyed by the people of the Middle East. A tall (or short) water pipe is used to smoke fruit-flavored tobacco. Narguileh is enjoyed in cafes across the Middle East and is beginning to gain popularity in the U.S., Europe and other countries. Ali requested a loan of $1500 US from Al Majmoua in order to purchase merchandise for his coffee shop. This is the first time that Ali has requested a loan.

Ali is special in his work because people feel comfortable coming to his place. His clients are his friends, neighbors and others. When he first started, he didn’t have enough cash to purchase all the necessary tools and machines for his shop. He decided on doing this business because of his experience. In the future, he plans on enlarging his shop.

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About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for Development

The Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua is Lebanon’s leading microfinance institution and the oldest Kiva partner in Lebanon. Al Majmoua’s vision is to “be the leader in creating an inclusive financial system where all people in Lebanon have access to affordable services.” Given Lebanon's diverse population, Al Majmoua lends to all nationalities, provided legal residency. The strong financial position achieved to date has allowed Al Majmoua to steadily lower its pricing over the years.

Based on the belief that non-financial services play a complementary role in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs, Al Majmoua has established a solid Business Development Services program for both borrowers and non-borrowers with a focus on women and youth.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 143
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,449,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Ali to purchase merchandise for a coffee shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2009
May 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2010