Sami is a 49-year-old married man from Lebanon. He is living with his wife and four children. Two of them are working. Sami has owned a fruit and vegetable shop in his town since 1982. He provides his customers with fresh fruits and vegetables to keep on maintaining his good reputation and seeking a wider range of customers. His prices are fair enough and that’s what catches the attention of passing customers.
Today, he is demanding a loan from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l to increase his store’s inventory. He states that the loan will unquestionably help him stock additional merchandise. In that way, he will be able to increase his business sales and therefore his income. Having a big family is a huge responsibility especially for someone like Sami who wishes to offer his wife and children whatever they ask for.
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.