Yola is a 50-year-old Lebanese married woman living with her husband and two children. She established a tailoring business at her home in 1997. She makes and repairs clothes. Her income is vitA. to support her family and to be able to pay for the high expenses of life. She works hard to support the family, in collaboration with her husband, who works in a locA. financiA. company. Today, she is requesting a loan of $1500 from Kiva's partner, Ameen s.a.l, to purchase new sewing machines. She hopes to increase her productivity, and thus her sales and her income. In the future, she hopes to expand her business and open her own shop.
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.