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Mohammed

Update on Mohammed

Mohammed, age 43, operates a spice store. He is a previous Kiva borrower and his business has benefited from his previous loan. His educational background is secondary school and he lives in Sana'a, Yemen. He is hard-working and determined and does not fear challenges. He and his wife have raised four children.

He has applied for a loan in the amount of 350000 YER from AMB in order to buy basic household goods such as sauces, beans, spices, seasoning, rice, cooking oil, and sugar with which to stock his business. He thanks Kiva for funding the first loan and is grateful for your support.

Previous Loan Details

Mohammed is 42 years old, a married man, and has three adult children. His educational background is secondary school and he lives in Sana`a, Yemen. He is hard-working and determined and does not fear challenges. He has been operating a spice store. He began this business more than six years ago,… More from Mohammed's previous loan »

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.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 29
    View loans »
    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,135,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.0
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,650 helped Mohammed to buy basic household goods such as sauces, beans, spices, seasoning, rice, cooking oil, and sugar for his business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 17, 2012
Listed
Nov 20, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 17, 2013
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Mohammed. It was first posted on Kiva on Mar, 2012. Learn More