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Alons Group
In this Group: Maha, Mriam, Salamh, Alieh, Alieh
This group is called ALONS, and it consists of five members who are all women: Maha, Salamh, Alieh, Mriam and Alieh. They are from Hodiedah, Yemen, and they know each other very well as they have lived in the same neighborhood for a long time.

The members took a loan of 130,000 YER.

Maha is one of the group's members. She is 25 years old and single. (In the photo, she stands in the center, holding the red wallet.) She sells ice cream. She started her business after the death of her father in order to provide her mother and sister with income. She tells us it is going well because these ice creams are eaten throughout the day and year round. She is requesting a youth loan of 30,000 YER from AMB to buy ice cream from a retail shop. In this way, she can meet the demands of her customers. Her goal is to be able to keep working and supporting her family.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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 Bank

Al-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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 24
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 213.7
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alons Group's $625 loan helped a member to buy Ice cream to resell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 19, 2012
Listed
Apr 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 17, 2013