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Alsobl Group
In this Group: Sala, Aftkhar, Mriam
This group, called Alsobl, consists of Sala, Aftkhar and Mriam. They have been working hard so that their businesses will provide them with the money they need to improve their own living conditions as well as those of their families. They live in Aden, Yemen. They have applied for a loan of 180,000 YER.

Aftkhar is 40 years old (she is the middle woman in the photo). She is a very hard-working person who has fought hard for a long time in order to get her family ahead in life. She sells many types of goods such as mobile phones and clothes. She has managed to attract a large number of customers. As a result, she enjoys very good sales. She is looking for a loan of 80,000 YER so that she can buy clothes, perfume and phones to meet the high level of demand that she has for her products. This will enable her to keep making progress in her business and she will be able to make the income she needs to support her household.

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
  • $3,227,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.5
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alsobl Group's $850 loan helped a member to buy clothes, perfume and phones to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 17, 2012
Jul 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2013