Nadim is a 36-year-old man who lives in Bint Jbeil, southern Lebanon, with his wife and their three children. Nadim has owned a restaurant since 1982. He makes all type of sandwiches, as well as mankoucheh (which 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. Mouhamad is special in his work because he is known for his good and tasty mankoucheh. He does chicken, meat, escalope and all type of other sandwiches. When he first started his business, he passed through some financial difficulty. Nadim is special in his work because he knows how to meet his clients' demands; he is known for making the sandwiches on demand. He requested a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase raw material for his restaurant. This is the first time that Nadim has requested a loan. His clients are his friends, neighbors and people from his region. In the future, he plans to keep on improving his work.
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.