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Basma is a conservative woman, so she asked her youngest son, Saleh, to take the photo instead.

Basma is a 56-year-old widowed lady. She has two sons and one daughter, who is married now. Her son Saleh, 21 years old, who is appearing in the photo, is a student and security guard in a private company.

Two years ago, after facing a lot of financial trouble, Basma had to think of making a source of income for the family, so she opened a small, basic grocery store. Now, her youngest son is studying and working at the same time, and having the food market was one of the reasons they have survived.

Therefore, Basma wants to improve the store and add more products so her son will have his own business when he finishes school.

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About National Microfinance Bank

Jordan is a small country located in the heart of the Middle East’s Levant region. Regional instability has caused Jordan to be excluded from global investments for decades. Additionally, a lack of natural resources—including water and energy—places tremendous strain on the Jordanian economy, over 80% of which consists of small businesses, largely in the service industry. Despite their importance in the economy, many of these businesses are excluded from the banking sector because of their size. Microfinance institutions like National Microfinance Bank offer them an opportunity to enhance and expand their businesses. NMB also offers its services to other underprivileged peoples in Jordan, providing them with loans to pursue educational goals and improve their homes and livelihoods.

About Jordan

  • $6,100
    Average annual income
  • 24
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    Jordan Loans Fundraising
  • $8,793,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.7
    Jordan Dinars (JOD) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Basma to add more products to the store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 16, 2012
Mar 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2013