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Salwa is a conservative person who prefers not to have her photo published online, so her son Alaa appears in her Kiva profile photo.

Salwa is a fifty-year-old woman, a mother with two sons and three daughters. Her husband is a Palestinian National Authority employee who gets low salary.

Salwa is requesting a 2,000 USD loan from FATEN to help her cover the costs of installing new tiles in the kitchen and improving its condition. This will improve the family's home living conditions.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 76
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $11,944,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $2,000 helped Salwa to pay to install new tiles for the kitchen.
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 8, 2012
Mar 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 3, 2012