Hanan is a 43-year-old woman who is married and has two sons and one daughter. Her husband is a Palestinian National Authority employee with a decent salary. Hanan wants to purchase new furniture for her home to replace their old furniture, such as bedroom furniture and living room furniture, but the money she has isn't enough to pay for it, so she needs to take a loan from FATEN. When Hanan gets the loan, she will be able to purchase new furniture and provide her family with better living conditions. Hanan is a conservative woman, so her husband is photographed instead.
About this loan product:
FATEN offers loan products that are designed to serve borrowers all over Palestine, including some religiously conservative areas. A key tenet of Islam is the prohibition of interest in the lending or accepting of money. This prohibition is based on the belief that money should be seen only as a medium of exchange and that it has no value in itself. FATEN has adapted the terms of this loan to fit the cultural context by attaching a 0% interest rate to the loan. In order to cover its costs, FATEN does charge a servicing fee. The amount you see fundraising includes both the principal loan and the loan servicing fees. As with all Kiva loans, you should expect to have your funds returned to you in accordance with the repayment schedule attached to this loan. For more information on lending in the Muslim world, please visit Kiva's Muslim World Lending helptext: http://tinyurl.com/3aekx8m.
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