This Kiva borrower is a 22-year-old Lebanese single man. He is an orphan living with his brothers. Fares is a freelance IT specialist. He repairs PCs and electronic equipment, a hobby he picked up at an early age. He has lots of customers asking for his services due to his unique skills in his neighborhood and his fair prices. In parallel, he works in a local restaurant in order to get extra money and improve his standard of living. Today, he is requesting to borrow $1,200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase a printer, which will facilitate his operation and keep it confidential since he will be using it mainly to print his quotations, bills, receipts etc. In the future, he is planning to open his own shop.
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.