A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase raw materials.

Mhammad's story

Mhammad is a 53-year-old man who lives in Saida in southern Lebanon. He lives with his wife and their three children. Mhammad has owned a pastry shop for over thirty years. He sells Baqlawa, Knefeh, Ma'amoul (holiday cookies available all year), and many more delicious Lebanese sweets. Baqlawa is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling of crushed nuts and sugar between layers. Among the different kinds of Baqlawa are Kul wa Ishkur (eat and praise), Zind es Sit (the lady's wrist), and Znood es Sit (the lady's wrists). Knefeh is a decadently rich, creamy, cheesy, crunchy, sweet, and savory desert—very popular during Ramadan. Ma'amoul is a traditionA. rich cookie dusted with powdered sugar and filled with a mixture of sugar, nuts and flavorings.

Mhammad requested a loan from A. Majmoua in order to purchase the raw materials necessary to make his pastries. This is his third loan cycle, and he has always paid on time.

Mhammad is speciA. in his work, because he is known for his good and tasty pastries. His clients are family members, friends, neighbors, tourists, and passersby. When he first started his business, he didn't have a lot of cash. Mhammad decided on doing his business, because he himself has a sweet tooth, as well as he wanted to have independent work. In the future, he plans on expanding his business.

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