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Samaher Shafie is a wife and a mother of four children. Samaher's husband is a farmer working in a nursery. Samaher and her family live in a house of two bedrooms and a sitting room.

Samaher took out a loan from FATEN to build on a room as there's land surrounding the house, to make the house bigger for the family.

Samaher's husband appears in the picture here as she is a conservative woman.

Additional Information


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Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 30
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $12,408,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,000 helped Samaher to build a room on to the house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
39 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 22, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2014