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Fuad is 38 years old. He lives with his seven children in Ibb, Yemen. He runs a grocery store. He started his business by taking several loans from AMB in order to expand his business. He used these loans to open his store in a strategic area. Demand has increased because his customers are finding everything they need – high quality products, accessible prices and very good service. He is always very friendly.

Fuad is requesting a loan of 400,000 Yemeni rials from AMB to buy rice, fruit, soft drinks, canned food and other items. His dream is to own a house instead of the leased house where he lives with his family. He hopes to expand his business to be a wholesaler.

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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.

About Yemen

  • $3,900
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Yemen Loans Fundraising
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 213.6
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD