This Kiva borrower is a 60-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife and six school-age children. He has owned a poultry shop since 2009. He sells delicious grilled chicken platters and sandwiches. In parallel, he has worked as a taxi driver since 2000. It’s very common in Lebanon to have multiple jobs to be able to cover the increasing costs of food, housing, and other family expenses. He has taken advantage of two Kiva loans and was a very good client. He reports that the previous loans helped him achieve a remarkable growth and permitted him to hire four full-time employees. Today, he is requesting to borrow $1,200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to increase his shop’s inventory. He is certain that this loan will have positive effects on his business growth.
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.