This Kiva borrower is a 43-year-old married man with five school-aged children. After retiring from the army, he opened a grocery shop in his town in 2008. Next to the shop he has prepared a small coffee shop where he serves clients. His wife who works as a farmer helps him with the heavy family expenses and to pay for his five children's school fees. It is very common in Lebanon to see the two family members’ working to be able to raise their children.
Today, the borrower is requesting to borrow $1200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase merchandise for his grocery store and for the coffee shop to reinforce his business level.
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.