This is Fawzi, a 53-year-old married man from Lebanon. He lives with his wife and three children, who are still attending school. Unlike other women in her place, Fawzi’s wife cooperates with him to enhance their family’s financial situation. She strives to work really hard and doesn’t hesitate to offer help whenever needed. As for Fawzi, he has owned a grocery store in his town since 2007. He has clients from all over the neighboring villages who pass by his shop to purchase their needs of food and provisions. Fawzi is very welcoming and friendly, which has contributed to his success at work. Today, he wants to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to buy supplementary products for his business. He’s sure that with the diversification of products, his sales will increase by minimum of 20%. This is how Fawzi works to better develop 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.