Ihab is a 34-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife. He is able to afford a fair standard of living for his wife by working really hard. He started to work as a painter in 2002. He also makes Gipson decorations. He works on a free-lance basis. He is considered friendly, especially by his loyal customers. Today, he’s requesting to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. He will use the loan to purchase additional painting supplies and Gipson boards, in order to be able to handle a new project. This Kiva loan will open a new door for him to take on bigger projects and increase his productivity by 30%. In the future, he plans to take bigger projects and increase his revenues.
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.