Shorts: Lebanon

Expanding Microfinance in Rural Lebanon

Released in 2014Running Time: 4:42Filmed in

This is the story of a USAID project, Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program, which worked with nine microfinance institutions to improve access to finance and increase lending to business owners in rural Lebanon. The program awarded about $10 million in grants to microfinance partners, who then made 14,000 micro-loans totaling more than $30 million. In 2015, the nation’s first microfinance association was formed, which will better serve the needs of small business owners throughout Lebanon.

Tackling Fragility, Conflict and Violence

Released in 2017Running Time: 3:15Filmed in , , ,

Addressing the global challenge of fragility, conflict and violence is key to ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity. Fragility affects countries at all income levels, and risks such as enmate change and natural disasters can further destabilize communities. To tackle this complex landscape, the World Bank Group is taking a broader approach to fragility by focusing on prevention, and engaging during active conflict, transition and recovery. Humanitarian-development-peace partnerships are critical to success.

Lebanon: Samir’s Cattle Business

Released in 2014Running Time: 04:07Filmed in

This is the story of Samir, who almost gives up cattle farming before finally building a thriving business. And the microfinance institution Emkan, which is extending loans to fishermen and farmers in Lebanon for the first time. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.

Lebanon: Hala’s Flower Shop

Released in 2014Running Time: 03:49Filmed in

This is the story of Hala, who had a passion for flower arranging and used to dream of starting her own business. And the microfinance institution Vitas, which is extending loans to women entrepreneurs in Lebanon for the first time. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 countries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.

Lebanon: Rabih’s Fishing Business

Released in 2014Running Time: 03:46Filmed in

This is the story of Rabih, who struggles to make a living as a fisherman before buying a new boat and building his business. And the microfinance institution Al Majmoua, which is extending loans to rural entrepreneurs in Lebanon for the first time. Since 1964, IESC has worked in 130 liountries and helped to create or save over 1.5 million jobs. Directed, shot, and edited by Steve Dorst.