This Kiva borrower is a 39-year-old married man. He is from Lebanon. He has owned a mini-market since 2000 and has 12 years of experience in the same field. He offers daily used products to his customers. He is the only income source for his family. He is willing to expand his business so that he can increase his income and have a better lifestyle. Today, he is requesting $1000 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase additional products for his grocery store, such as food products, dairy products, and detergents. He purchases the products from a wholesale local commercial center. It is very common in Lebanon to find small supermarkets selling perishable and non-perishable goods. As members of the communities themselves, storeowners 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.