Tarek is a single man living with his parents. He is 27 years old, and he has been supporting his family already for 12 years since he started working in a barber shop at a very young age. He is the only provider for his parents. In 2007 he decided to open his own barber shop called “Tarek shop” so he could improve his income. Today, Tarek is applying for a loan of $1,200 to buy a vapor machine.
Due to political and social challenges in Lebanon, personally identifiable attributes entrepreneurs may have been altered to protect their privacy (i.e., blurring portions of the borrower's picture, not indicating a name and location, etc.). Vitas appreciates Kiva lenders' understanding of these challenges and encourages them to continue their support for Lebanon's borrowers.