Kassem, a 31-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife, is his family's main income provider and always searching for new ways to meet their needs. A blacksmith now for eight years, Kassem is requesting a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase metal for his business. He notes that this loan will help increase his productivity, and in the future plans to take more Kiva loans to enlarge his business.
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.