Update on Al-Zhra GroupAl-Zhra is a group that is composed of three women: Mnal, Samiah, and Amal. They are hardworking, enterprising women who do not give up easily. Currently they are requesting a loan of 210,000 Yemen Rials (YER) from AMB in order to increase their business levels.
Mnal is 36 years old and a married woman. She has sold incense and perfumes to customers for many years. She is able to attract good customers. She would like to apply for a second loan to start selling different types of goods, so she applied for a loan of 70,000 YER from AMB to buy rechargeable mobile cards to sell in order to increase her capital. She thanks Kiva lenders for financing her first loan and she hopes to be provided for in this loan as well.
Previous Loan DetailsAl-Zhra is a group that is composed of three women: Mnal, Samiah, and Amal. They are from Aden, Yemen and work together to help one another. They are hard-working, enterprising women who do not give up easily. Currently they are requesting a loan of 150,000 Yemen Rials (YER) from AMB in order to ... More from Al-Zhra Group's previous loan »
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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 BankAl-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.
Concurrent and Successive Loans
Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.
This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.
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