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Solyman is a 35-year-old, married man with only one child, who is seven years old. He lives with his a small family in Mokala, Yemen. He has a University education. Due to high rates of the unemployment in the country, Solyman couldn't find a job in order to look after his family. As a result, Solyman decided to start his own business selling many kinds of fruits in the street. He has started in his business for more than seven years. Solyman makes modest profits, but most of what he earns goes to the expenses of his family. This business is the sole income source of Solyman's family. Solyman wants to increase the income of his business, but he doesn't have enough money to do that. As a result, Solyman is requesting a loan of 98,000 YER from AMB in order to purchase more of fruits for resale to the local residents. Solyman looks forward to opening a grocery in his area in order to make a secure future for his children.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of a joint program between Al Amal and the Social Welfare Fund in Yemen to reach the extreme poor who are dependent on grants from the state's Social Safety Net. Al Amal enables these borrowers to establish new enterprises and grow existing ones so they can boost their income and stop living on government funds. By funding this loan, you are empowering the extreme poor in Yemen to lift themselves out of poverty.

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.

About Yemen

  • $2,700
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,195,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.9
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $475 helped Solyman to purchase more fruits for resale to the local residents.
8% repaid
Repayment Term
41 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 28, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss: