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Alsafa Group
In this Group: Nabeelah, Fatima, Yarim, Ghania, Nadia
This group is called Al-Safa Group. It consists of five members who are all females: Fatima, Yarim, Ghania* (not pictured), Nadia and Nabeelah. They are from Sana'a and they know each other very well as they have lived in the same neighborhood for long time. All their projects are home-based. However, they have many clients, mostly women. The group took a loan of 200,000 YER.

Nabeelah, the group leader, is a 35-year-old woman who is married and a mother of eight children. She lives in Sana'a and she acquired her profession of dressmaking long ago. Her main business is sewing and due to her good reputation, she has three women in her business to help her sewing. When a woman is getting married or having a party, she comes to Nabeela to sew her gown.

Through group lending that AMB offers to women who cannot provide guarantees, Nabeela took a loan of 50,000 YER from AMB in order to purchase textile fabrics, dresses and other basic materials needed for sewing.

In the future, she plans to open a big tailoring shop and she hopes to enroll her younger children in private school.

Additional Information

About Al-Amal Microfinance Bank

Al-Amal reaches out to low-income micro-entrepreneurs and small business owners in Yemen with a suite of credit, savings, and insurance products tailored for Muslim borrowers. Before lending through Al-Amal, please consider the following:

1) Due to ongoing security concerns, full due-diligence of Al-Amal was conducted remotely rather than on-site. This makes Al-Amal atypical among Kiva's Field Partners, as Kiva staff have not conducted an on-site assessment. Al-Amal's assessment included in-person meetings with the top management in other, more secure locations in the Middle East.

2) Because Yemen is a new and unstable environment, there is a possibility that future loan repayments could be held indefinitely in the country for regulatory reasons, even if individual borrowers pay back their loans. As a lender to borrowers in Yemen, you accept this additional risk.

Additionally, all of Al-Amal's products are Sharia compliant and customized for its Muslim clients. Most of the loans are structured as Murabaha interest free loans. Al-Amal purchases goods for its borrowers and charges them a markup or fee. Al-Amal is also experimenting with Ijarah loans (an Islamic leasing product). For more information on Islamic microfinance, please click here.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Yemen

  • $3,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,229,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.3
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alsafa Group's $950 loan helped a member to purchase textile fabrics, dresses and other basic materials needed for her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2012