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Al- Rysala Group
In this Group: Fatima, Noor, Nima, Fatima
This group is called Al- Rysala and consists of four women living in Hodeidah, Yemen. They applied for a loan of 95,000 YER from AMB.

Fatima, 39 years old, has three sons. She is a hardworking married woman who is very dedicated to what she sets out to do. In the beginning her husband was an emigrant in Saudi Arabia. Because of the crisis of the emigration between Yemen and the Saudi Kingdom, most of the Yemeni emigrants came back home. Fatima's husband was one of them. Unfortunately, he didn't save a lot of money. During that time, he stayed an unemployed man for a long time. As a result, Fatima decided to assist him with the expenses of the family. Three years ago, she started her business as a door to door saleswoman, selling women clothes, accessories, and perfumes to the local residents. Although business is good, she needs to buy more items in order to strengthen her business. Therefore, she applied for a loan from AMB in order to buy perfumes, accessories, and women clothes and resell them to her customers.

Fatima looks forward to improving her family with a lot of money.

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
  • 214.6
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Al- Rysala Group's $450 loan helped a member to buy perfumes, accessories, and women clothes and resell them.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 30, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 19, 2015