Al Safa Group
Sawsan is a 26-year-old, married woman who has been working in the women's beauty business for 14 years. She was only 12 years old when she started working in this domain, helping her parents to make a living.
Today, Sawsan is working on her own. She is developing her business as best she can and her loyal customers are supporting her a lot since she is an energetic and enthusiastic person.
Sawsan's applied-for loan from Kiva partner Al Majmoua Lebanese Association for Development will be invested in her baby delivery expenses and she is very much excited to soon see her baby in her hands.
She states that she will put forth so much effort to improve and develop her business and open a beauty salon in the future, transitioning from working from home, to provide her child with a secure, healthy life. She is insisting that she won't let her child face her own family's financial problems and will make sure he will get a suitable education.
Majida is the one on the left. She is 40 years old and single. She has worked in a jam factory for five years and is requesting a loan from Kiva partner Al Majmoua Lebanese Association for Development in order to pay for surgery that she needs to undergo. She hopes that, one day, she will be capable of opening her own factory.
Zahraa is the one on the right. She is 24 years old and single. She has been working as a tutor for two years and is requesting this loan in order to pay for her university fees. Zahraa is a smart girl and she is willing to open a nursery school in the future because she loves dealing a lot with babies.
About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for DevelopmentThe Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua is Lebanon’s leading microfinance institution and the oldest Kiva partner in Lebanon. Al Majmoua’s vision is to “be the leader in creating an inclusive financial system where all people in Lebanon have access to affordable services.” Given Lebanon's diverse population, Al Majmoua lends to all nationalities, provided legal residency. The strong financial position achieved to date has allowed Al Majmoua to steadily lower its pricing over the years.
Based on the belief that non-financial services play a complementary role in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs, Al Majmoua has established a solid Business Development Services program for both borrowers and non-borrowers with a focus on women and youth.
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.
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