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Yahya
Yahya is a 38-year-old married man living in a poor area in Sana`a, Yemen. He is a man who exhibits good moral values, and who is concerned with the well-being of his family. At this time, he is a teacher earning a low salary. He would like to improve his small house. He has requested a loan of 300,000 YER from AMB to buy construction materials like wood and cement to finish building his house. He states that he feels happy and grateful to Kiva for the support that he is being provided, because this way he will be able to provide better living conditions for his family.

Additional Information

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.6
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $1,400 helped Yahya to buy construction materials like woods and cement to complete building his house.
95% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 23, 2013
Listed
Jun 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible