The word manaqish is the plural of the Arabic word manqūshah (from the root verb naqasha 'to sculpt, carve out'), meaning that after the dough has been rolled flat, it is pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in. Traditionally, Arab women would bake dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs. They would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time.
Ali has been a pastry baker since 2004. He makes delicious pastries that no one can resist. Ali is requesting a loan for the fourth time from Al Majmoua, in order to increase his raw materials, and to pay what’s left of the price of his house sanitary ware and furniture. Ali is very competent and hopes to maintain stability in his work and life.
About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for DevelopmentThe 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.
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