Naser is a 39-year-old Lebanese married man. He lives with his wife and two school-aged children. With his wife’s support, he is able to cover his family's expenses and pay his children’s educational fees. Naser has owned a spice shop in his town since 2006. He also has a small corner in his shop where he sells herbal beauty products. As for his wife, she has been teaching in a local school for the past nine years.
Today, Naser is requesting to borrow $1,300 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase additional spices and herbal cosmetics in order to develop his business. This Kiva loan will allow him to earn a superior income. In the future, he plans to take more Kiva loans and improve his work.
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.