A loan of $2,000 helped to buy a new specialized Falafel machine, in addition to a soft drink refrigerator.

Abd's story

Abd is a 42-year-old entrepreneur. He is married, and has four children living with him. Abd has a falafel restaurant. Falafel is a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans. Falafel is usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a "meze".

Generally accepted to have first been made in Egypt,where the dish is widely known as طعمية (ta'amiya) in Egyptian Arabic, falafel has become a dish eaten throughout the Middle East.The Copts of Egypt claim to have first made the dish as a replacement for meat during Lent. The hearty fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Abd has been working at preparing and selling falafel since 1985. His customers include community members from his region, in addition to tourists and passers-by. Abd says that he is passionate about his work and that he could not imagine a life without it, because it introduces him to different populations and cultures, and it provides his family with a good enough income to satisfy his family's needs.

Abd is requesting a loan from Kiva partner Al Majmoua. This will be his eleventh loan from Al Majmoua. In addition to a soft drink refrigerator, he is planning to buy new specialized machine for preparing falafel, necessary to increase his production since his machines are old and not as efficient as they used to be. He says that without the loan, he would not be able to provide the same level of support for his family.

In the future, Abd says that he is planning to further expand and improve his business as much as possible.

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