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Alwafa Group
In this Group: Hayah, Amnh, Khamisa, Saeedh
This group is called Alwafa which consists of the four members Hayah, Amnh, Khamisa and Saeedh who are ladies and operate different businesses. They live in Aden, Yemen. They requested a loan of 180,000 Yemeni Rial (YER).

Khamisa is 52 years old, a married woman (she is the second woman from the right in the photo). She has six children. She describes herself as honest, trustworthy, and courteous. She sells fruits and tea. She has been involved in this business for 15 years and her primary customers are local residents.

She is applying for a loan of 50,000 YER from AMB to purchase tea, bananas, apples, etc. for resale. Her business goal is to run it well and she hopes that in the future she will be a wholesaler.

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
  • 214.5
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alwafa Group's $850 loan helped a member to purchase tea, bananas, apples…etc for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 18, 2012
Jul 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013