Jamil works as a taxi driver day and night, managing between the two businesses, and he hopes to expand both businesses. Jamil applied for a loan from Kiva's partner, Al Majmoua, in order to support his newly established cafe business, because he believes that the more you invest in a certain business, the more it sprouts in the future. Most of his customers are relatives, neighbors and friends. He hopes one day most of the tourists he works with through his taxi business will come and taste his delicious Manakish.
About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for DevelopmentThe Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua is Lebanon’s leading microfinance institution and the oldest Kiva partner in Lebanon. Al Majmoua’s vision is to “be the leader in creating an inclusive financial system where all people in Lebanon have access to affordable services.” Given Lebanon's diverse population, Al Majmoua lends to all nationalities, provided legal residency. The strong financial position achieved to date has allowed Al Majmoua to steadily lower its pricing over the years.
Based on the belief that non-financial services play a complementary role in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs, Al Majmoua has established a solid Business Development Services program for both borrowers and non-borrowers with a focus on women and youth.
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