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Samira is a 55-year-old, widowed mother of five children for whom she sacrificed her whole life in order to provide them with the best living since her husband passed away 23 years ago.

Samira works from her house as a tailor. She makes clothes and curtains. Her wide experience in this domain provided her with customers' trust and support. She worked hard to increase her customers, through the good quality of products she makes and her competitive prices.

Samira works hard to develop her business. In fact, she dreams of opening her own separate shop outside her house to provide her family members with the privacy they need, but unfortunately her financial situation isn't enough to take such a step forward.

A step forward was accomplished by Samira when she acquired a loan from Kiva's partner, Al Majmoua Lebanese Association for Development, to buy a newly developed sewing machine (Singer brand), to make her work faster, easier, and with a better finishing quality. This will improve her final touch and will please her customers.

Samira will continue to dream of opening her tailoring and clothes-selling shop, to move out of her small bedroom, and to expand her working area.

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
  • 48
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $19,466,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Samira to buy a new sewing machine (Singer brand).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 20, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014