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Hanan is a 26-year-old woman who lives in Bint Jbeil, in southern Lebanon. Hanan has owned a bakery for three years.

She makes “saj” and “mankoucheh.” The “saj” is a metA. oven where she makes saj bread. It is a traditionA. Lebanese cooking dome that is also used to make Markouk (“thinned”) bread and doughy confections, or Mankoucheh. A mankoucheh looks like a folded pizza, and the most common toppings are zaatar (thyme), jebneh (cheese) and lahm bi ajin (minced meat). You can eat it any time of the day, but somehow it tastes better in the morning.

Hanan requested a loan of 1000 US dollars from A. Majmoua, Kiva's partner, in order to purchase merchandise and raw materials for her bakery. This is the first time that Hanan has requested a loan.

Hanan is speciA. in her work because she knows how to treat her clients and she is known for the good taste of her mankoucheh. Her clients are her friends, neighbors and tourists. When she first started, she didn’t have startup capitA.. Hanan decided on doing her business because she wanted to be independent and prove to herself that she was able to handle her work. She was also self-confident. In the future, she plans on expanding her business by purchasing a new machine to do French baguettes.

Additional Information

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
  • 73
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $19,546,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Hanan hanan will use the loan to purchase merchandise and raw materials for her bakery.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 28, 2009
Jul 1, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2009