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Shefa is a 28-year-old young woman. She is married and a mother to one son and four daughters. Her husband works in a barber shop in the village where they live. His low salary is not enough to cover all of the family's needs.

For the past two years, Shefa has had a small sewing workshop in her house where she sews clothes for customers. This has been a profitable project, but it needs additional support to cover the cost of new equipment.

Shefa is requesting a USD youth loan from FATEN to help her cover the costs of purchasing a new sewing machine to provide better quality to her loyal customers. This will increase sales and improve Shefa's income, so that she will live with her family in better conditions.

Shefa is pictured here while she is sewing clothes.

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More information about this loan

This loan is helping support a borrower who is 35 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young person with limited resources. 


Palestinians face unique challenges due to the economic and political environment in the West Bank and Gaza. Click here to learn more about how Kiva and FATEN are working to help Palestinian borrowers overcome these obstacles and how your support can make a difference.

About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 31
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $11,660,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Shefa to purchase a new sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 22, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014