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Jona Group
In this Group: Wahda, Warda, Iman, Inas, Fyroz, Naziha
Jona is a group which comprises of six members of women who live in Sana'a, Yemen. They applied for a loan of 240,000 YER from AMB.

Warda is the leader of the group. She is a 55-year-old married woman with seven children. Her oldest child is 32 years old and the youngest one is 10 years old. She is an uneducated woman.

Warda's husband has a small grocery in his area. Due to the low income of the grocery, his family passes with an economical crisis most days. So, Warda wants to help her husband with the expenses of her family, and she wants to improve the living standards of it through saving all kinds of food materials inside the house in order to make good foods for the family. For this reason, she applied for a loan of 40,000 YER from AMB in order to purchase food materials for her house to make food for the family.

Warda looks forward to preparing her house with all kinds of foods materials in order to save a secure future for the family.

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
  • $3,225,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 214.9
    Yemen Rials (YER) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Jona Group's $1,125 loan helped a member to purchase food materials for her house to make food for the family.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 26, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014