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Hassan, age 20, owns a small chicken shop, which he has operated since 2009. He has eight years of experience in this field and is a hard worker. Hassan was too young when he started working, but he had to assist his parents in earning a living to support the family. He worked in a chicken slaughterhouse at the beginning and eventually opened his own business.

Hassan is requesting a loan from Al Majmoua in order to buy a grill and a special shawarma cooking machine. A shawarma (شاورما‎ in Arabic) is a traditional Arab sandwich-like wrap of shaved lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, or beef, or a mixture thereof. The meat is placed on a spit and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shawarma is a popular food staple across the Arab world and is enjoyed in Palestine, Europe, and the Caucasus. Shawarma is eaten with pita bread, lavash bread, tabbouleh salad, fattoush salad, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber. Toppings include tahini, hummus, pickled turnips, and amba. Shawarma is shared by many countries and includes a number of variations. In Greece, it is called gyros, meaning "turned." In Armenian, it is tarna, literally meaning "to turn," and in Turkish it is called döner kebab, which in turn means "turning kebab." Indeed, the word shawarma (pronounced /ʃəˈvɑːrmə/) comes from the Turkish word çevirme [tʃeviɾˈme], meaning "turning."

Hassan is sure that this loan will increase his income by attracting new customers. He hopes to continue to expand his business more in the future.

Additional Information

About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for Development

The 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.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 150
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,449,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Hassan to buy a grill and a special shawarma cooking machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 10, 2011
Jun 4, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 21, 2012