A loan of $1,000 helped sobhieh will use the loan to purchase merchandise.

Sobhieh's story

Sobhieh is a 57-year-old widow who lives in Saida, in southern Lebanon, with her only child.

Sobhieh owns a small shop where she bakes “markouk,” a traditional Lebanese flatbread. Markouk is a type of thin bread that is baked on a domed or convex metal griddle known as a "saj." It is usually large, about 2 feet long, and thin. Similar to the procedures for making other flatbreads, the dough of saj bread is flattened and kept very thin prior to cooking, resulting in a very slender depth to this bread.

She has requested a loan of $1000 from Al Majmoua to purchase merchandise for cooking her bread. She also needs the loan to help her family expenses.

Sobhieh is known for her good quality bread and her low prices. Actually, she is the cheapest in her area. Her shop is well-positioned, because her clients are her neighbors and students, and she is near a school.

When she first started her business, she faced some difficulties because there was a lot of competition between her and other producers of markouk. The competition didn’t allow her to sell as much markouk as she expected, but now she found the solution by lowering her prices.

Sobhieh is an active woman. She started her business after her husband's death so that she can support her family and make a living.

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