A loan of $1,000 helped to expand her business by reducing her debt load.

Mariam's story

Mariam is a 40-year-old woman who lives in Bourj el Barajneh (in the southern suburbs of Lebanon) with her husband and their six children. Since 2004, she has been in the business of selling bread, “saj”, and “nargileh” (also known as “shisha” in Egypt). The saj is a traditional Lebanese cooking dome used to make markouk (“thinned”) bread and doughy confections. The nargileh, meanwhile, is an ancient food tradition enjoyed by the people of the Middle East; in fact, nargileh is enjoyed in cafes across the Middle East, but it is beginning to gain popularity in the US, Europe, and other countries.

Mariam requests a loan in the amount of $1,000 via Al Majmoua in order to pay off her debt. This is the first time that she has asked for a loan. Mariam states that she is successful with her work because of her good behavior and the high quality of her foods (especially her bread). Her clients are primarily her friends and neighbors. She notes that she decided to open her business because of debts that had to be paid off. In the future, she plans to expand her business.

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