A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase commodities for her bakery and merchandise for her clothing sales.

Fatmeh's story

Fatmeh is a 56-year-old widow who lives in Saida in Southern Lebanon with her two children. Fatmeh not only sells clothes but has operated a bakery since 2000 in which she makes “mankoucheh” for which she is especially well known. A mankoucheh looks like a folded pizza. The most common toppings are zaatar (thyme), jebneh (cheese) and lahm bi ajin (minced meat). You can eat it anytime of the day, but somehow it tastes better in the morning.

Fatmeh is an active woman who is doing her best to increase her family’s income, especially since her husband’s death. Her work is not only motivated by this desire, but more importantly, to sustain her deceased husband’s businesses. She switches daily between each of them; in the morning she works in the bakery, and starting at noon she works in her clothing shop. Her clients are her friends, neighbors and others.

When she first took on these two businesses, she didn’t face a lot of difficulties except for a shortage of cash to purchase and diversify her clothing shop merchandise. She is now requesting a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase commodities for her bakery and some additional merchandise for her clothing shop. Fatmeh has been a microcredit client for five years and has always paid on time. Her previous loans helped her improve both businesses. In the future she plans to keep on expanding her husband’s businesses.

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