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Norah Al- Noseri Group
In this Group: Kifaya, Asrya, Faten, Myada
This group is called Norah Al-Noseri. It is comprised of four women. They all live in traditional and simple families, in Sana'a, Yemen. They know one another through friendship and neighborhood connections. They applied for a loan of 190,000 YER from AMB.

Asrya is a 36-year-old, married woman, and she has six children. She is the leader of the group. Asrya lives with her family in their own house. She is an uneducated woman, and she works as a housewife. She is very dynamic and vigorous. Her husband is the sole breadwinner of the family. Their house is very small. The family couldn't afford to change this condition, and they feel ashamed, particularly if any visitor or guest comes to the house in order to visit them. Sana'a has a cold climate in most of the year's days. The house has a small bathroom. They need a water heater inside the bathroom in order to make water hot, but there isn't any place to put the water heater. Asrya decided to build a large bathroom, beside the first one. As a result, Asrya is requesting a loan of 50,000 YER from AMB. She will use the loan to purchase construction materials, in order to build a large bathroom.

Asrya looks forward to building the second floor of the house, and renovating it in order to make her house more comfortable.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

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 Norah Al- Noseri Group's $900 loan helped a member to purchase construction materials in order to build a large bathroom.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 14, 2014
May 20, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 17, 2015