Mariam is a 43-year-old Lebanese married woman living with her husband and four children who are still attending school. She has owned a mini market in her town since 2010. She sells dairy products in addition to daily ones such as canned food, juices, bread, sweets, etc. She works very hard to help support her family financially, in collaboration with her husband who has worked as a carpenter since 2011.
With her requested loan from Kiva Partner Ameen s.a.l, she will increase her store’s inventory of food provisions and drinks. She is certain that the variety of her merchandise selection will allow her attract more customers and therefore increase her income. In the future, she intends to expand her business operation into other areas.
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.