Nimreh is a 49-year-old woman who lives in Bint Jbeil, southern Lebanon with her husband and their four children. Nimreh has been producing agro products since 1995. She produces different type of jams, spices, bread and more. She also does Lebanese pastries like “Fatayers”, which are spiced triangular spinach pies stuffed with meat and onions; “Manakich” which are pastry baked with thyme, olive oil, spices and sesame seed; “Sfiha” which are pies made from our own fresh dough topped with spicy ground lamb meat, onions and tomatoes; “Sambousik” which are pastries with meat and pine nuts; and “Rakaek Jibne” which are thin flour dough, stuffed with a combination of cheese and fried to golden perfection. Nimreh requested a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase merchandise for her business. This is her third loan and she has always paid on time. She is special in her work because she offers good quality and very tasty agro products and pastries. Her clients are people from her region, but mainly her friends and neighbors. Nimreh decided on doing her business because she is a very good cook and has experience. She learned cooking at a young age from her grandmother. She plans to keep on improving her business as well as her financial situation.
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.