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Mahmoud is 27 years old, engaged to be married and lives in Lebanon. Today, he lives at home with his parents and two siblings. One sibling is attending school while the other has started his own business. Mahmoud is the family's main source of income. He has owned a cafe since 2006, and serves hubble-bubble, a traditional Lebanese tobacco. His cafe draws a wide range of clients from his village and nearby areas. Today, he is requesting a youth loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to buy tobacco and hubble-bubble equipment. In the future, he plans to take out another loan from Kiva so that he can build a special tent next to his shop where he can start preparing fast food and welcome customers who want to relax and enjoy some free time.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is helping support a borrower who is 30 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young person with limited resources. 

Important Information

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.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 148
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,449,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Mahmoud to buy tobacco and equipment for a cafe.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 1, 2012
Nov 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013