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This Kiva borrower is a 53-year-old widow woman. She has three children. After the death of her husband, she found herself alone taking the responsibility for her children. As a result she decided to work in the occupation she knows, so she established a tailoring business in her home in 2000. With her business income, she was able to support her family. Now her children are starting to work and they help their mother to satisfy the heavy demands of their life.

Today, she is requesting a loan of $1,000 to purchase tailoring supplies and additional textiles to produce a variety of products for her clientele so as to earn more income.

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.

About Ameen:
Ameen s.a.l. has been a major player in the Lebanese Micro-finance sector since 1999. Originally, a micro-credit program created by CHF International, Ameen evolved to become Ameen s.a.l. in 2003, a Lebanese services company. In 2007, Ameen s.a.l. registered with the Central Bank of Lebanon to become the first Lebanese financial institution specialized in Micro-finance.

At Ameen s.a.l. we pledge to provide financial services to the largest number of micro and small entrepreneurs and to the working poor, to help them develop their businesses and improve their incomes.

Ameen has been able to use its interest-free Kiva loans 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 $115 million. To learn more about Ameen, please visit

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Important Information

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.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 126
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,359,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped this borrower purchase tailoring supplies and additional textiles.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 12, 2010
Aug 5, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2011