The Kiva borrower is a 28-year-old married woman and mother of 3 young children who still attend school. In 2009, she has decided to open a mini-market in her town. Her new business is essential to help her husband with the heavy expenses. She offers variety of products to her clients such as dairy products, food products, and detergents as per their needs. Today, she is requesting to borrow $500 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to increase her store’s inventory before the coming holidays.
It is very common in Lebanon to find small supermarkets, selling perishable and non-perishable goods. As members of the communities themselves, store owners have a deep understanding of local consumer needs and can offer products that meet local demands. The strong network of community relationships are an important component of life in Lebanon, especially in smaller towns and villages.
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.