The Kiva borrower is a 25-year-old single man living with his 2 parents. He is an experienced furniture painter with almost 8 years in the business. He’s a new business owner, and has owned his shop since 2009. He works upon request of his customers and also in collaboration with some galleries. He has already received his first kiva loan and he’s very thankful for the results.
This borrower is the main provider for with parents. His story illustrates the day-to-day challenges many people are facing in trying to take care of household expenses, sick and aging family members while at the same time running a business. Today, he is asking for a loan of $2000 to purchase new tools for his business. In the future, he would like to expand his business and open his own gallery shop.
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.