Elie is a 43-year-old Lebanese married man. He lives with his wife and only school-aged child. He strives to work under pressure to offer a good future for his child. Elie started to work very early in 1998 expecting to build a good career, and he succeeded. He’s now working as a plumber on a freelance basis, and has a fair number of clients asking for his services. He’s requesting to borrow $1300 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l in order to renew his plumbing tools and equipment. He notes that he’s willing to take bigger projects and this Kiva loan will help him to achieve his goal. In the future, he plans to open his own plumbing 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.