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Al-Kwasr Group
In this Group: Khamisa, Jamila, Mriam, Makia
Al-Kwasr group is located in Hodeidah, Yemen. The group is made up of four ladies.

Makia, 36, is a mother of four children. She works very hard at selling various products such as cosmetic materials, incense and clothing, trying to help her husband with the family's daily expenses. She managed to save up a small amount of money, which got her job started.

Due to the meager profit she is making out of it, she is forced to apply for a loan to buy various products such as cosmetic materials, incense, perfumes and clothing to keep her job running and to cover the demands of the season. She expects a boost in her income to expand her business.

Additional Information

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.

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About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.9
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Al-Kwasr Group's $950 loan helped a member to buy various products such as cosmetic materials, incense, perfumes and clothing for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 25, 2013
Listed
Nov 29, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 17, 2015