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Shifaa, age 50, is a conservative person who prefers not to have her photo published online, so her son appears in her Kiva profile photo. He is pictured inside the family's new house.

Shifaa and her husband have four sons and six daughters. Her husband is a construction worker and so are some of her sons.

Shifaa is requesting a 1,000 USD loan from FATEN in order to cover the cost of painting the house and installing new windows and doors. Receiving this loan will speed the process of completing the house. This will offer Shifaa and her family suitable house conditions.

She hopes that the family can enjoy living in their new, finished house soon.

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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
  • 52
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $11,628,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Shifaa to complete work on the family house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 26, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2014