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Tef Al- Amal Group
In this Group: Sabria, Amat, Mona, Nahed
This group is called Tef Al- Amal. It consists of four women. They all live in traditional and simple families in Sana'a, Yemen. They know one another through friendship and neighborhood connections. They applied for a loan of 210,000 YER from AMB.

Nahed is a 34-year-old married woman with four children. She is the leader of the group. Nahed lives with her family in their own house. She studied until elementary school but could not complete her studies because she got married very young. She is a very dynamic and vigorous woman. Her husband is the sole breadwinner of the family. In the past, he saved a good amount of money and purchased a piece of land. Nahed supported him with a lot of her own money. Many years ago, Nahed and her husband built their own house on the land that they bought. Now the family lives in that house but it is not completed or renovated. As a result, Nahed is requesting a loan of 70,000 YER from AMB. She will use the loan to purchase construction materials such as cement and bricks in order to complete and renovate the house.

Nahed hopes to renovate her house and build the second floor. She wants to open a savings account in AMB in order to provide her children 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
  • 214.8
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Tef Al- Amal Group's $1,000 loan helped a member buy construction materials such as cement and bricks in order to complete and renovate the house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 4, 2014
May 25, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2015