Salwa is a 52-year-old Lebanese married woman living with her husband and two children. She has owned a small mini-market since 1998. Despite her older age, Salwa works hard to be able to satisfy her family's needs, especially with her husband’s absence as he is on travel. Today, she is requesting to borrow $3000 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase more merchandise for her grocery store in order to increase her sales and thus her income. In the future, she is looking to further expand her business and increase its capital.
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.