This Kiva borrower is a 44-year-old married woman from Lebanon. She lives with her husband and five school-aged children. She has owned a lingerie shop since 2009. She is considered a new business owner, but she already has more than 15 years of experience in the same occupation. She has been able to hire a full-time employee since her business was established. She works hard in cooperation with her husband, who works in the construction field, to be able to pay their heavy life expenses. Today, she is requesting to borrow $2,000 from Kiva partner, Ameen s.a.l., to increase her shop’s inventory. In the future, she is planning to open a clothes store.
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.