This is Alia, a 40-year-old married woman from Lebanon. She lives with her husband and five children. Two are working while the others are still attending school. Alia’s husband is the one supporting the family and satisfying their needs. She strives to work really hard and doesn’t hesitate to offer help whenever needed as well.
Alia has owned a grocery store in her town since 2007 and has customers from all over the neighboring villages who pass by her shop to purchase their needs in food and provisions. Her husband is a farmer. Today, she wants to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to buy supplementary products for her business such as candies, dairy products, canned goods and many other items. She’s sure that this will increase her sales by a minimum of 15%. Everyone has a dream and Alia’s greatest one is to live a proper life with her family.
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.