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Halima's Group
In this Group: Halima, Amany, Nouria, Nabila
This group, called Al-Taisir, consists of four women who live in Sana'a, Yemen. They took out a loan of 190,000 Yemeni rials (YER).

Nouria is a 24-year-old married woman who has four children. They live together in Sana'a, Yemen. She has been operating a general store for two years. She sells a variety of basic household products. She has managed to position her business in the market. She has a good reputation and is very accessible. It is a well established business and many people come to it, because they always find what they are looking for.

Nouria has made the decision to invest in her business so that she can keep it well stocked and attract more customers. This will allow her to increase her sales levels and her income; thereby, enabling her to enjoy better living conditions. She has decided to request a loan of 60,000 YER from AMB to invest in her business by buying products such as rice, sugar, beans, corn, soap, oil, paper, eggs, salt and other products for her business. She hopes to build a house.

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
  • 22
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,193,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 215.1
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Halima's Group's $900 loan helped a member to buy products such as rice, sugar, beans, corn, soap, oil, paper, eggs, salt, and other products for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 2, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 22, 2013