Zainab is a 28-year-old married woman and a mother to two sons and one daughter. Her husband is employed and gets a low salary, which is not enough to cover all the family's needs.
For the past three years, Zainab's husband has been selling traditional jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets to customers and to other cosmetic stores. He has a good reputation among his customers, which makes his project a profitable one and a second source of income for the family.
Zainab is requesting a Murabaha loan from FATEN to cover the cost of purchasing additional collections of traditional jewelry that has been requested by his customers. This will increase sales and improve the family's living conditions.
About Shariah-compliant lending:
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.
More information about this loan
This loan is governed by Islamic lending principles. Because Islamic Law prohibits the charging of interest, FATEN is charging 0% interest on this loan. This is a Murabaha loan, which means that FATEN purchases goods for borrowers and charges a fee or mark-up. Click here to learn more about this loan type and Kiva's approach to lending in the Islamic world.
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