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.
About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for DevelopmentThe 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.
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