Rita is a 39-year-old married woman from Lebanon who lives with her husband and four school-aged children. She has owned a small store since 2006, and she sells wide variety of scarves. Her shop is located in her town next to her house and there are a good number of customers passing by her shop buying her products. This will be her second Kiva loan. It is positive to learn that she has indeed increased her sales and income since taking the first loan. And she was a very punctual client and has paid on time. With her requested loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l, she will purchase an extended quantity of scarves. She has heavy demand for her products and she badly needs the loan as she must be in the requisition of her customers. She hopes that with the help of the loan, she will be able to augment her business sales and therefore increase her income.
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.