Ali is a 42-year-old married man from Lebanon who is living with his wife and three children. Two of them are still attending school. He started to work as a plumber many years ago, and after gaining the needed experience he was eager to start his own business in 1998. He works on his own and his family members are really proud of him as he works very hard to satisfy their needs. Today, he is asking for a loan from Kiva partner Vitas s.a.l to purchase additional plumbing tools and supplies. This will facilitate his business operations, especially while installing faucets, tubes, pipes etc. In the future, he plans to open his own plumbing shop.
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.