A loan of $1,200 helped to support his newly established cafe business.


Jamil's story

Jamil is a 50-year-old married man and the father of three children. He has been working as a taxi driver for 13 years. His family expenses are increasing, which is why he was searching for another source of income. Jamil opened a cafe where he sells Manakish (a special Lebanese dough topped with thyme, cheese or other tasty ingredients, like a folded pizza usually eaten for breakfast). His Manakish are special since the dough is like pita bread which gives it a unique taste. He also sells soft drinks and sweets. Jamil works as a taxi driver day and night, managing between the two businesses, and he hopes to expand both businesses. Jamil applied for a loan from Kiva's partner, Al Majmoua, in order to support his newly established cafe business, because he believes that the more you invest in a certain business, the more it sprouts in the future. Most of his customers are relatives, neighbors and friends. He hopes one day most of the tourists he works with through his taxi business will come and taste his delicious Manakish.



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