This is Abdu, 33, a resident of Taiz, Yemen. He is married with three children. He manages his own household while operating the business. At this time, he is working hard to continually provide income for his everyday expenses. He has operated a grocery store for two years. He has been able to expand his business and his regular customers are his neighbors and the local community. To help him continue operations of his business, he is requesting a loan of 100,000 YER from AMB to buy grocery items such as eggs, soaps, soft drinks, etc. This loan will enable him to expand his product inventory. He expects a boost in his business income. He hopes to open another store to improve his living conditions.
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.