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Ayda is a 56-year-old, married woman, who has been working as a baker for 30 years. She is an expert in her field. She used to help her husband in his bakery, until she opened her own in 2004. Ayda is a hard worker, who invests everything she gets for the sake of pleasing her children as much as she can. Her bakery is well known in the region, for her special, traditional Mankousheh. (Mankousheh is a traditional food made with breakfast, lunch, or dinner folded dough, and special thyme, cheese, or minced meat toppings).

Ayda is applying for a loan from Kiva's partner, Al Majmoua, in order to pay for her son's wedding expenses. She did the same for his brother, but this time she can't provide the funds directly in cash from her business. That's why she applied for her first loan, and she is happy that she got introduced to Al Majmoua, which made her dream of seeing her son a groom come true. She said that this is the best gift parents can provide to their children, and she hopes to stay in good health to see her grandchildren, too.

Ayda hopes to develop her business more in the future, by making necessary decoration, and by updating the tools and machines she uses in her work.

Additional Information

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
  • 30
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $19,512,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,600 helped Ayda to pay for her son's wedding expenses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 18, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014