Ali is a 38-year-old married man from Lebanon. He lives with his wife and two young children who are still attending school. He has made his living as a professional taxi driver.
In 2009, he purchased a van and started to operate services for students in his town as well as neighboring villages. In addition, he serves private customers upon their request.
Today, he is requesting to borrow $1200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to perform much needed maintenance on his van. He will repair the engine, change the tires and repaint his shuttle. He estimates that the loan will help him increase his profits by 15%.
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.