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Alhayah /ahla Group
In this Group: Laila, Maha, Sadiah, Shadiah
This group is called Alhayah/Ahla and consists of four members who are all women. All of them are friends from Sana`a, Yemen. The group took a loan of 290,000 YER.

Laila is the leader of their group. She is 48 years old, married, has four children and lives in Sana`a, Yemen. Her main business is selling ladies' fabrics, incenses and perfumes. She has been in business for ten years. With years of experience to her credit, she now has a good command of her activity.

She is taking a loan of 80,000 YER from AMB and intends to use her loan to better develop her business by purchasing incense and perfumes to increase her profits. Her profits will allow her to help meet her family’s needs. In the future, she would like to have a big center to sell products such as incense, perfumes and different clothes.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is governed by Islamic lending principles. Because Islamic Law prohibits the charging of interest, Al-Amal is charging 0% interest on this loan. This is a Murabaha loan, which means that Al-Amal purchases goods for borrowers and charges a fee or mark-up. Click here to learn more about this loan type and Kiva's approach to lending in the Islamic world.   

About Al-Amal Microfinance Bank

Al-Amal reaches out to low-income micro-entrepreneurs and small business owners in Yemen with a suite of credit, savings, and insurance products tailored for Muslim borrowers. Before lending through Al-Amal, please consider the following:

1) Due to ongoing security concerns, full due-diligence of Al-Amal was conducted remotely rather than on-site. This makes Al-Amal atypical among Kiva's Field Partners, as Kiva staff have not conducted an on-site assessment. Al-Amal's assessment included in-person meetings with the top management in other, more secure locations in the Middle East.

2) Because Yemen is a new and unstable environment, there is a possibility that future loan repayments could be held indefinitely in the country for regulatory reasons, even if individual borrowers pay back their loans. As a lender to borrowers in Yemen, you accept this additional risk.

Additionally, all of Al-Amal's products are Sharia compliant and customized for its Muslim clients. Most of the loans are structured as Murabaha interest free loans. Al-Amal purchases goods for its borrowers and charges them a markup or fee. Al-Amal is also experimenting with Ijarah loans (an Islamic leasing product). For more information on Islamic microfinance, please click here.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.2
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alhayah /ahla Group's $1,375 loan helped a member to purchase incense and perfumes for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 17, 2012
Listed
Sep 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jun 17, 2013