Ali is a 43-year-old married man from Lebanon. He lives with his wife and three children. In 2003, in order to supplement the family’s income, he decided to start his own business as a farmer. He cultivates seasonal fruits and vegetables. Ali has a wide variety of products, which he sells to customers from his town and the neighboring villages. In parallel, he has worked at a local company for many years.
Today, he is asking to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase required agricultural tools and supplies, seeds and fertilizers. He states that the loan will certainly help him increase his business productivity by a fair percentage, which will lead to higher profits. In the future, he plans to take more Kiva loans and expand his lands to include a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
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.