Zein is a 37-year-old married man from Lebanon. He is living with his wife and two young children who are still attending school. He has owned a small shop since 2009 where he sells batteries and rims designed for different types of vehicles. In parallel, he has worked in a local bank since 1995. In Lebanon, it is common at all levels of society for people to have multiple businesses. It is often not enough to have an office salary or small shop to cover the increasing costs of food, housing, and other family expenses. In order to develop his new business, he is asking to borrow $1,200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase electrical tools and supplies needed to help him put in batteries and rims. He is very positive and he is sure that the loan will help him fulfill his business needs.
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.