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Om Majed 3 Group
In this Group: Samira, Ayda, Huda, Khyria
Amira, 29, is the leader of the group Om Majed 3, which is comprised of four women who live in Hodeidah, Yemen. She lives with her three daughters in a simple house. After her husband traveled abroad to work, Samira assumed all the responsibility for the family. The situation was wretched, but she didn't give up and strove to improve their conditions.

In 2010 Samira started her own business selling women’s clothes, perfume and incense. She started out with little money but was then fortunate to receive financial support from her mother to continue running her business. For this, Samira is very thankful.

Now Samara depends on herself financially in her business. She makes modest profits, most of which go to cover the family's expenses. She would like to further develop her business, but she has little in capital.

Samira’s group is now applying for a 110,000 YER loan through AMB. Samara herself will use 50,000 YER of it to buy more clothes, perfume, incense and other items to sell to her customers. With the anticipated expansion of her business she hopes to provide her daughters with a secure future.

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

  • $3,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.7
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Om Majed 3 Group's $525 loan helped a member to buy more clothes, perfume, incense and other items to sell to her customers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 31, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 21, 2015