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Imad is a 31-year-old single man from Baalback. He owns a shop where he sells Hookah (also known as a waterpipe) which is a single or multi-stemmed (often glass-based) instrument for smoking in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water. The tobacco smoked is referred to as narghile or shisha (sheesha) in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.

Originally from India, Hookah has gained popularity, especially in the Middle East, and is gaining popularity in North America, South America, Europe and Australia since 2001. Imad's business is expanding since the Hookah is expanding a lot in the region. Most of Imad's clients are friends, neighbors, relatives and some passing by.

In addition to Hookah users, there are cafe owners who change their Hookahs continuously. Imad is requesting a loan from Al Majmoua for the second time, in order to increase his Hooka's inventory and to buy necessary household appliances. His previous loan was very efficient and it affected him positively, both socially and economically. He hopes to expand his business through starting a wholesale trade in the future.

Additional Information

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.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 135
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $18,174,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Imad to increase his product inventory.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 4, 2011
Apr 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2012