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Al- Bakeel Al- Hodeidah Group
In this Group: Seham, Saleha, Om Al-Khear, Khadijah
Al- Bakeel Al- Hodeidah is a group consists of four women who live in Hodeidah, Yemen. They applied for a loan of 160,000 YER from AL-Amal Microfinance Bank.

Saleha is a 37-year-old married woman who lives in a poor area in Hodeidah, and is the leader of the group. She lives in miserable conditions, but she did not give up and started her business four years ago selling ice cream in the street under the sunshine. She started to run her business herself, but the income from this business is very low, and she wants to improve it. Currently, she wants to buy more of ice cream goods and products, but she doesn’t have enough capital. She decided to apply for a loan of 40,000 YER from AMB in order to purchase more ice cream goods and products such as sugar, and tangs to make ice cream for resale.

Saleha looks forward to improving her business to provide her family with a higher standard of living.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is governed by Islamic lending principles. Because Islamic Law prohibits the charging of interest, Al-Amal is charging 0% interest on this loan. This is a Murabaha loan, which means that Al-Amal purchases goods for borrowers and charges a fee or mark-up. Click here to learn more about this loan type and Kiva's approach to lending in the Islamic world.   

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
  • 214.9
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Al- Bakeel Al- Hodeidah Group's $750 loan helped a member to purchase more ice cream goods and products such as sugar, and tangs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 18, 2014
Apr 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 21, 2015