Marie is a 34-year-old Lebanese married woman living with her husband and one school aged child. Marie faced bad circumstances and has lived in unpleasant financial conditions. This is why she decided to support her husband, their main income provider, in order to improve the family’s way of living. So in 2000, she started to work as a beautician. She’s a freelancer visiting customers wherever they are located to provide them with her high-quality beauty services. In parallel, she also works as beauty products saleswoman. Today, she is requesting a loan from Kiva’s partner Vitas s.a.l to purchase beauty products and cosmetics so that she can improve her business operations and be current with the new fashions. In the future, she plans to open her own beauty salon.
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.