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Hassan is a 29-year-old man who lives in Tyre, in southern Lebanon, with his wife and their child. Hassan has owned a bakery for seven years. He has been selling mankoucheh. Mankoucheh looks like a folded pizza. The most common toppings are zaatar (thyme), jebneh (cheese) and lahm bi ajin (minced meat). You can eat it any time of the day, but somehow it tastes better in the morning.

Hassan is special in his work because he is known for his good and tasty mankoucheh. He has requested a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase raw materials for his bakery. Hassan has been a microcredit client for five years now and has always paid on time.

Hassan is exceptional in his work because he knows how to treat his clients. His clients are his family members, friends and neighbors. When he first started his business, he didn’t have a lot of cash, as well as not a lot of passersby. He decided to open his business because of his experience; he learned these skills when he was young. In the future, he plans on improving his business.

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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
  • 133
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,345,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,000 helped Hassan to purchase raw materials for his bakery.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 26, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 30, 2011