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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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About Al Majmoua – Lebanese Association for Development

The Lebanese Association for Development – Al Majmoua is Lebanon’s leading microfinance institution and the oldest Kiva partner in Lebanon. Al Majmoua’s vision is to “be the leader in creating an inclusive financial system where all people in Lebanon have access to affordable services.” Given Lebanon's diverse population, Al Majmoua lends to all nationalities, provided legal residency. The strong financial position achieved to date has allowed Al Majmoua to steadily lower its pricing over the years.

Based on the belief that non-financial services play a complementary role in improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable entrepreneurs, Al Majmoua has established a solid Business Development Services program for both borrowers and non-borrowers with a focus on women and youth.

About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 138
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $18,174,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Jamil to support his newly established cafe business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 5, 2012
May 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013