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Asala Group
In this Group: Salha, Mriam, Afia, Fatima
This group is called Asala. It consists of four ladies. They live in Hodiedh, Yemen. The members of group are very trustworthy, responsible, and hard working. They have all known each other for a long time and know each other well. They have many clients, mostly women. The whole group took a loan of 80,000 YER. Salha is a 56-year-old married woman and has 10 children. She has been operating a business of clothing, perfume, and incense sales for 15 years. She started her business when her husband died so she could continue providing her children`s expenses. She requested a loan of 20,000 YER from AMB which she will use to buy clothes, incense and perfumes so that she can provide her customers with a wider selection and better quality product.

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
  • 26
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,208,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.6
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Asala Group's $375 loan helped a member to buy clothes, incense, and perfumes for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 30, 2012
Listed
Nov 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 22, 2013