Khaled is a 32-year-old Lebanese married man living with his wife and three young children who are still attending school. He has been working on a freelance basis since 2000 selling detergents to customers located in different geographical zones. In parallel, he has worked in a local company since 2002 in order to supplement the family’s income.
In Lebanon, it is common at all levels of society for people to have multiple businesses. It is often not enough to have an office salary or small shop to cover the increasing costs of food, housing, and other family expenses.
Today, he is requesting to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to increase his inventory of cleaning products to be able to increase his sales and therefore his income. In the future, he is planning to open his own detergents 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.