This is Zeinab, a 44-year-old Lebanese woman. She’s married, living with her husband, and has three children attending school. She’s cooperating with her husband who works as a car painter and has many years of experience, in order to satisfy their family needs and pay their children's study fees. As for her, she started her own home business as a tailor. She’s stylish, fashionable and seeks to please her customers as much as she can. This is why she’s looking today to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Vitas s.a.l to purchase a wide variety of textiles and a new tailoring machine in order to improve her business and, therefore, increase her productivity. Zeinab has big responsibilities to care for and this is the perfect time to better develop her work and augment her earnings. She’s planning to open her own tailoring shop soonest.
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.