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Jamalat, who is a 37 year old young woman, is a mother for two sons and three daughters. Her husband is a Palestinian National Authority employee with a decent salary, which is the only source of income for the family. Jamalat wants to make some repairs to her house, such as: painting, changing windows and doors, etc. As her children are growing up, she wants to add another room to her house so she can offer better living conditions to her family.

Jamalat has an amount of money which is not enough to pay for the housing improvements, so she needs to take a loan from FATEN. Getting this loan will enable Jamalat to pay for repairing her house and adding another room to her house. The loan will allow her to live with her family in better housing conditions. Jamalat is a conservative woman, so her husband is photographed, instead, in the picture.

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About Housing Loans

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
  • 29
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $12,439,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Jamalat to make some repairs to her house and to pay the expenses of adding a new room to her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 6, 2011
Jan 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 20, 2013