This Kiva borrower is a 49-year old married man from Lebanon. He lives with his wife and two children. His wife works as a nurse to help support the household. He has over 25 years of experience in furniture upholstery and has owned his store since 1990. His brother also works with him and pays him a percentage for every piece that he works on. He is requesting a loan from Kiva partner, Ameen s.a.l., which he plans to use to buy new material for his upholstery business. This will be his first loan from Ameen.
Note: Based on the political and social challenges of Lebanon, personally identifiable attributes of this entrepreneur have been altered to protect him or her (i.e. blacking out portions of the entrepreneur in his/her picture, not indicating his/her name and location, etc.). Ameen s.a.l. appreciates Kiva lenders' understanding of these challenges and encourages lenders to continue their support for Lebanon's borrowers.
Ameen has been able to use its interest-free loan from Kiva to offer lower interest loans with faster disbursement for their micro-loan borrowers. Since its inception, Ameen has provided high quality financial services to over 41,000 borrowers and disbursed over 81,000 loans totaling US$115 million. To learn more about Ameen, please visit: http://partners.kiva.org/partners/115
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.