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Bassam
Bassam, a 38-year-old married man, lives in Taiz, Yemen. He has a Bachelor degree but like most university graduates in third-world countries, Bassam did not find a professional job. He decided to start up his own business, a grocery store. He is a symbol of an ambitious, optimistic young person.

His business started six years ago when he was selling food in the street. A few years later, he opened his grocery store. Bassam wants to purchase new types of food products to meet the needs of his customers. He asked for a loan in the amount of 350,000 YER. Bassam looks forward to becoming a merchant and an authorized agent for food companies in Yemen.

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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.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.2
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,650 helped Bassam to purchase new types of food products for this grocery store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 22, 2013
Listed
Mar 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 17, 2014