Asia, one of the group members, is 37 years old and lives in Hodeidah, Yemen. She is a divorced woman with three children. She sells incense and perfumes to customers who are her neighbors and friends. She started her business when she left her husband. She has had this business for five years. She is proficient in making incense and so her customers are comfortable with her. She requested a loan of 50,000 YER from AMB to buy materials to make incense and perfumes for her business. She hopes to improve her business in order to offer a good life to her family.
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.
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