Najat is a 35-year-old Lebanese woman living with her husband and five school-aged children. She cooperates with her husband to fulfill her family's needs and pay for her children’s educational fees. Since 2003, her husband has worked as a taxi driver. She decided to open her own mini-market in 2005 in order to take some of the responsibilities off him. Today, she needs to borrow $2600 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase extra products for her mini-market, such as soft drinks, sugar, chips, and many other provisions. This will increase her sales and thus her revenues. In the future, she plans to open other branches as soon as possible.
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.