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Souhayla is a 72 year old woman who lives in Beirut, capital of Lebanon with her husband and their seven children. Souhayla has been working as a sewer since her younger age. Souhayla sews all type of clothes like men’s suits, women’s dresses etc, but she mainly sews clothes for school (the school costumes). Souhayla is never tired from working, she hopes that she will stay in her good shape and be able to work. Her work helps her supplement her family’s income. She requested a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase a new sewing machine. This new machine will help her improve her work and increase her production. Souhayla has been a microcredit client for five years now and has always paid on time.
Souhayla is special in her work because she knows how to treat her clients and does it well since she has experience. Her clients are mainly her friends and neighbors; she also works for public schools. When she first started her business, she didn’t face any difficulty. Souhayla decided on doing her business because she sews since she is young.

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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
  • 33
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $19,527,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Souhayla to purchase a new sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 5, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2010