Mohannad is a 37-year-old married man and the father of two daughters from Bani Kenanah, a community in the city of Irbid, Jordan.
Mohannad has a small shop where he sells new and used clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Mohannad also sells school supplies including pens, pencils, paper and backpacks along with caps, scarves and different styles of shoes and work boots.
Mohannad was the youngest son of a large, poor family; hence, Mohannad grew up knowing the value of "second-hand" clothing, given that what his brothers wore would become his own as he graduated into their sizes. Mohannad also learned the importance of education and hard work; he dropped out of school after the sixth grade to start working and contribute to the family income.
Mohannad has developed his business for the past three years; now, he is requesting a loan of 1500 JOD to expand his retail capacity by purchasing some display racks and more clothing.
Mohannad is looking to a brighter future for his two daughters, his wife and himself. Someday, he would like to open a second shop; but, for now, Mohannad is trying to increase his income by offering his customers a larger selection. As his daughters grow into young women, Mohannad is saving to give them higher education and more choices than he had as a young boy raised in poverty.
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