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Fatmeh is a 27-year-old Lebanese married woman of three children who has been operating a Bookshop since 2009. She likes her occupation so much because she likes to feel her independence. She cooperates with her husband to collect enough money to be able to pay the heavy life expenses. Today, Fatmeh is applying to borrow a loan from Kiva partner Vitas s.a.l. to purchase merchandise for her Bookshop in order to improve it. She is very positive about her future and wishes to ameliorate her lifestyle.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is designed for women in Lebanon. Loan amounts are much smaller than average, and the goal is to support businesses that enable women to work from their homes or further develop their small businesses. There are also fewer eligibility requirements for this product, as part of Vitas' effort to reach more undeserved women in Lebanon. By supporting this loan, you are empowering women in a country where gender roles and norms often make it difficult for women in rural areas to run a business. 

Important Information

Due to political and social challenges in Lebanon, personally identifiable attributes entrepreneurs may have been altered to protect their privacy (i.e., blurring portions of the borrower's picture, not indicating a name and location, etc.). Vitas appreciates Kiva lenders' understanding of these challenges and encourages them to continue their support for Lebanon's borrowers.


About Lebanon

  • $15,800
    Average annual income
  • 44
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    Lebanon Loans Fundraising
  • $19,495,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,513.4
    Lebanon Pounds (LBP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Fatmeh to purchase merchandise for her Bookshop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 22, 2014
Jun 6, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2015