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Al-Widad Group
In this Group: Amal, Samr, Fathia, Intsar, Sabah
Al-Widad is a group of five women from Taiz, Yemen. They have asked for a loan in the amount of 120,000 YER to purchase women's and children's clothes, perfumes, and incense to offer for sale.

Samr, age 29, is the leader of the group. Although she is illiterate, she does not want the same thing to happen with her four children. She wants them to go to school and become educated, but for her to meet this goal, she needs to obtain more money. Her husband's monthly income is very low, so she wants to start up a small business. She intends to sell women's and children's clothes to earn an income, and for this reason she has asked for a loan in the amount of 30,000 YER. She intends to sell clothing to the households in her neighborhood as a first step.

Samr looks forward to accumulating enough money to build a small house for her family and to ensure better living standards for her family.

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.

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.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 25
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,139,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.1
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Al-Widad Group's $575 loan helped a member to pay for purchasing clothes to offer for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 20, 2013
Feb 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014