This Kiva borrower is a 58-year-old married woman living with her husband. She is from Lebanon. She has owned her small grocery store since 2006. She features all types of food, dairy products, detergents, etc. Her business income is vital to help her husband who works as a farmer. Today, she is requesting to borrow US$ 1000 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to improve her business and increase her shop inventory. She expects that her business will continue to grow in the coming year.
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 is 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.