A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase raw materials for her saj and a refrigerator for her business.


Fatima's story

Fatima is a forty-seven-year-old mother of three children. She has been living in Bourj el Barajneh, which is in the southern suburbs of Lebanon. Fatima has been selling saj bread for twelve years. A saj is the metal oven used to make saj bread; it is a traditional Lebanese cooking dome. The saj is used to make several types of bread, including markouk (thinned) bread and doughy confections, or mankoucheh. 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 any time of the day, but it somehow tastes better in the morning. For the first time, Fatima has requested a loan from Al Majmoua in order to purchase raw material for her saj, as well as to purchase a refrigerator for her work. Fatima is very well known in her region for her good and tasty saj. She is also a good cook in general, but she decided to focus on the saj because it is demanding. When she first started her business, she wanted to improve her family’s income, but now that she has been working, she is glad that she has independent work. For the future, she plans to keep on improving her business.



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