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Aseela Group
In this Group: Ashwaq, Lila, Kamilia, Aseela
This is a group with initiative, values, and good proposals on how to conduct business nowadays. The group is called "Aseela" and consists of four women. They live in Sana'a, Yemen. They are each interested in developing their business. They requested a loan of 180,000 YER.

Aseela is the group leader. She is 32 years old, married, and the mother of two children. Her business is embroidery, ladies' clothes, bags, and children's clothes. This has been her sole source of income for over five years. She began this activity as a result of the lack of a clothes market in her neighborhood. With the income from her business she can improve her home and enjoy more comfort.

At the present time, her business doesn't get her enough profits due to the bad situation in Yemen. She applied for a loan of 50,000 YER from AMB to acquire articles for embroidery, such as needles and thread, thus giving her the opportunity to improve her business income. In the future, she would like to expand her business to open manual labor stores.

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,208,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.5
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Aseela Group's $850 loan helped a member to acquire articles for embroidery, such as needles and thread, thus giving her the opportunity to improve her business income.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014