Antoine is a 42-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife, two school-aged children, and one brother. He has 15 years of experience working as a women's hairdresser and started running his own business six years ago. With his requested loan of $1200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l., he will redecorate his salon in order to offer his clients a comfortable place. His wife, who works as a beautician, helps him with the household expenses, but they both need supplementary income to improve their standard of living. And that’s what they expect to get after renovating the shop.
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