Nada is a 32-year-old Lebanese married woman living with her husband and four children, all attending school. In 2000, she started running her own shop selling toys, accessories, perfumes and souvenirs. Her income is important to help with her household expenses and pay her children’s school fees. Her story exemplifies the day-to-day challenges Lebanese women are facing in running a business and at the same time raising children and taking care of their houses. Her husband works in a local company and they cooperate together to meet the needs of life.
Today, she is asking for a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to expand her store’s inventory of perfumes, accessories and toys. Her intention at this stage is to augment her sales so as to amplify her income. In the future, she is planning to add woman's bags and clothes into her shop.
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.