Abbas is a 43-year-old married man from Lebanon. He is living with his wife and three school-aged children. He has owned a communications and mobiles shop since 2000. He also sells electrical equipment from his shop. His wife works as a teacher in a local school in order to provide the family with extra financial support. This will be his third Kiva loan and we note that he has a very good repayment history. With his requested loan of $1500 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l, he will redecorate his shop and purchase added products and supplies. He is sure that the loan will help him increase his sales and therefore his profits. In the future, he is looking to further expand his business.
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.