He began by working in the business with a friend in Sana`a city and, once he gained experience, he started his own business in a location very close to his family using, as working capital, his savings from the earlier job. Initially he began by selling clock accessories and then gradually added other items as his customers requested them. Thus he has earned a profit and he hopes to continue expanding his working capital, which often is insufficient to meet the demand of his clients. This is exactly the reason he has come to AMB requesting a youth loan of 80,000 YER. He will use it to buy music players and computer accessories, among other items that customers have ordered.
In the future, Mohammed hopes to rent another shop and make it an electronics shop.
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This loan is helping support a borrower who is 30 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young person with limited resources.
About Al-Amal Microfinance BankAl-Amal reaches out to low-income micro-entrepreneurs and small business owners in Yemen with a suite of credit, savings, and insurance products tailored for Muslim borrowers. Before lending through Al-Amal, please consider the following:
1) Due to ongoing security concerns, full due-diligence of Al-Amal was conducted remotely rather than on-site. This makes Al-Amal atypical among Kiva's Field Partners, as Kiva staff have not conducted an on-site assessment. Al-Amal's assessment included in-person meetings with the top management in other, more secure locations in the Middle East.
2) Because Yemen is a new and unstable environment, there is a possibility that future loan repayments could be held indefinitely in the country for regulatory reasons, even if individual borrowers pay back their loans. As a lender to borrowers in Yemen, you accept this additional risk.
Additionally, all of Al-Amal's products are Sharia compliant and customized for its Muslim clients. Most of the loans are structured as Murabaha interest free loans. Al-Amal purchases goods for its borrowers and charges them a markup or fee. Al-Amal is also experimenting with Ijarah loans (an Islamic leasing product). For more information on Islamic microfinance, please click here.
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