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Karmen is a young Palestinian women living in Bethlehem; she is married with two young children.

She has newly opened a grocery store to help her husband to have better income for the family. Her husband has an olive wood workshop; this workshop has been a family business for thirty years, and he inherited the skill and the workshop from his father). He makes a lot of souvenirs out of olive wood for tourists visiting Bethlehem, in addition to selling them to wholesalers who export these products to the USA and Europe.

Karmen has requested two thousand US dollars as a loan from FATEN for two things, first to enhance her newly opened grocery store, and also to buy olive wood for her husband's workshop.

Karmen appears in the picture at her shop.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 36
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $11,647,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,000 helped Karmen products for the grocery store and wood for her husband's workshop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 8, 2009
Nov 4, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 19, 2011