Ali is a 44-year-old Lebanese man. He lives with his wife and three children, all of whom are studying. In order to be able to pay his family expenses and his children’s school fees, Ali started his own business in 2006, opening a produce shop in his town. He also has his own coffee shop. Today, he’s asking to borrow $1600 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase fruits and vegetables and to install a window for his shop. These improvements will allow him to earn more profits, thus enhancing his way of living. In the future, he plans to deliver fruits and vegetables to neighboring areas.
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.