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


Ali's story

Ali is a 24-year-old married man living in Tyre with his beloved wife, owner of a manakish bakery. Manakish, also manaqish, manaeesh or manakeesh or in singular form man'ousheh (Arabic: مناقيش‎ manāqīsh; sometimes called معجنات mu‘ajjanāt 'pastry'), is a popular Levantine food consisting of dough topped with thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can either be served for breakfast or lunch.

The word manaqish is the plural of the Arabic word manqūshah (from the root verb naqasha 'to sculpt, carve out'), meaning that after the dough has been rolled flat, it is pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in. Traditionally, Arab women would bake dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs. They would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time.

Ali has been a pastry baker since 2004. He makes delicious pastries that no one can resist. Ali is requesting a loan for the fourth time from Al Majmoua, in order to increase his raw materials, and to pay what’s left of the price of his house sanitary ware and furniture. Ali is very competent and hopes to maintain stability in his work and life.



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