Hosn lives in Burj Barajneh, a suburban area of Beirut where, as a mother of five children, she started tailoring as a hobby. When her husband lost his job during the civil war, she decided to offer her tailoring services to customers while at home. In 2000, she received her first micro loan to buy a sewing machine, the first of several improvements in both her business and family life. Over the years as she expanded her activity, Hosn managed to help her husband buy a car to work as a taxi driver and send her children to school.
"Oum Walid", as everybody calls her, possesses a welcoming smile that has made her well known in the neighborhood. Today, she wishes to expand her home-based business and plans to use this new loan to buy inventory and perhaps rent a small shop that would make her more accessible to her clients.
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.