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Al-Raja Group
In this Group: Royda, Arzaq, Saly, Raja, Rina
This group is called Al-Raja and consists of 5 members: Royda, Arzag, Saly, Raja and Rina. They live in Aden, Yemen. They are working hard so that they can achieve their goals.

Raja is 43 years old and is the president of the group. (She is the woman who has a handbag in this photo.) She sells clothes, perfumes and other items. She says that she began with a small business and, thanks to sacrifice and daily hard work, has been able to grow and continually improve her business.

Raja is asking for a loan of 100,000 YER from AMB to purchase ladies' clothes such as pants, blouses, and skirts, as well as perfumes and incenses in order to be able to continue her business. She hopes to one day run a clothing shop.

Additional Information

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
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.5
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Al-Raja Group's $1,875 loan helped a member to purchase perfumes, incense, and ladies clothes such as pants, blouses, and skirts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 13, 2012
Listed
Jul 2, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 17, 2013