This Kiva borrower is a 21-year-old engaged man from Lebanon. He is living with his parents and two siblings. He has two years of experience working with mobile phones. He began as an employee in a mobile phone shop and opened his own store in 2009. With his loan of $1200 from Kiva partner Ameen s.a.l, he will increase his selection of mobile phones and prepaid telephone cards for resale. The majority of phone users in Lebanon purchase these prepaid cards.
He reports that both his business productivity and his income will increase as a result of the loan. He is planning to get married soon, so his only purpose at this time is to earn a higher income in order to gather the needed resources to complete all the wedding preparations.
Due to political and social challenges in Lebanon, personally identifiable attributes entrepreneurs may have been altered to protect their privacy (i.e., blurring portions of the borrower's picture, not indicating a name and location, etc.). Vitas appreciates Kiva lenders' understanding of these challenges and encourages them to continue their support for Lebanon's borrowers.