Ali is a 45-year-old married man from Lebanon. He is living with his wife and four children. They are all attending school. In 1992, to supplement the family’s income, he decided to start his own work as a farmer. His job consists of cultivating seasonal fruits and vegetables. He takes a good care of his land and wishes to grow as much as possible in his field. Today, he is asking to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to purchase agricultural tools and supplies, seeds, fertilizer, plastic tents and many other items. He states that the loan will certainly help him increase his business productivity by a fair percentage, which will return on him with greater harvests and thus greater profits. In the future, he plans to take more Kiva loans and expand his lands with 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.