Mohammad is a 25-year-old young man. He is a Palestinian National Authority employee with a decent salary, and he also has a store that sells clothes. Mohammad wants to do a bulk purchase of clothes for the coming winter season so that he can have a new collection for sale, but the amount of money he has isn't enough to pay, so he needs to take a loan from FATEN. When Mohammad gets the loan, he will be able to purchase bulk of winter clothes for sale, so he will have a better, new collection to compete and increase his sales and increase his income. Mohammad is photographed in his store.
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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