This is Helene, a 58-year-old Lebanese woman. She’s married, living with her husband. They are both cooperating together to live a respectable life. Her husband is a hard worker. He works in installing curtains and has many years of experience in this occupation.
As for her, she started her own home business as a tailor in 2000. She has stylish designs and seeks to please her customers the best she can. Today, she’s looking to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Vitas s.a.l. to purchase a new tailoring machine in order to improve her business and therefore increase her productivity. Helene has big responsibilities and this is the perfect time to better develop her work and augment her earnings. She’s planning to open her own tailoring shop and also expand her business outside the country as soon as possible.
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.