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Ali is a 50-year-old man who lives in Bourj Barajneh, the southern suburbs of Lebanon, with his wife and their two children. He has been selling “Knefeh” for the last 17 years. Knefeh is a traditional breakfast Lebanese sweet; it is a special kind of braided cheese that is served with liquid sugar in a round bread. It is also served as dessert, but somehow it tastes better in the morning. In America and in Europe, Knefeh will be known as a gourmet dish that will surpass in popularity the cheesecake and the pancake.

Ali requested a loan of 1000 US dollars from Al Majmoua in order to finance his son's wedding. Ali has been a micro-credit client for 6 years and has always paid on time.

In the beginning, when he first started his business, he didn’t have enough cash. The loan has helped him improve his financial condition. He is special in his knefeh business because according he has a good way of dealing with his clients and also with his knefeh. In the future, he plans to expand his business.

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About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for Development

The Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua is Lebanon’s leading microfinance institution and the oldest Kiva partner in Lebanon. Al Majmoua’s vision is to “be the leader in creating an inclusive financial system where all people in Lebanon have access to affordable services.” Given Lebanon's diverse population, Al Majmoua lends to all nationalities, provided legal residency. The strong financial position achieved to date has allowed Al Majmoua to steadily lower its pricing over the years.

Based on the belief that non-financial services play a complementary role in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs, Al Majmoua has established a solid Business Development Services program for both borrowers and non-borrowers with a focus on women and youth.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 145
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $17,449,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Ali ali will use the loan to finance his son's wedding.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 17, 2008
Dec 4, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 12, 2010