Abdel Rahman is a fifty-year-old Lebanese widowed man living with his two children who are still studying. He’s trying to do the best he can to support them and pay their study fees. He opened his own shoe shop in 2004 where he targets a wide range of clients. Today, he’s looking to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase the new collection of shoes for his shop. He notes that this loan will certainly push his chance of getting higher returns. In the future, he plans to open other branches.
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.