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Shafiqa is a 59-year-old woman, married with one son and two daughters. She lives in the Biet Hanoun area in Palestine. Shafiqa's husband is a Palestinian National Authority employee. Shafiqa wants to purchase bedroom furniture as Shafiqa and her husband couldn't buy any when they got married due to his decent salary. She heard of FATEN loans and she took out a loan to purchase the furniture she needs.

Shafiqa is a religious conservative woman. Her son is photographed instead at FATEN's branch.

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About Palestine

  • $2,900
    Average annual income
  • 27
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $9,984,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Shafiqa to purchase bedroom furniture.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 12, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2013