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Fatmeh is 30 years old. She lives with her husband and two children near Nablus in Beit Furik. Beit Furik is a Palestinian town located nine kilometers southeast of Nablus, in the Nablus Governorate in northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 10,339 inhabitants in 2007.

Fatmeh asked Ryada for this loan to paint her house and install doors and windows that will help keep it warm, especially now in the winter. She is very grateful to everyone who helps her. Fatmeh's husband appears in the photo. Fatmeh apologizes, but she cannot publish her photo online for cultural reasons.

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This loan is part of Ryada’s efforts to reach areas of the West Bank which are underserved due to the political situation. Funds will be used to finance housing improvements in refugee camps and Areas B and C of the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority currently has limited to no authority in these areas, making it very difficult for individuals to acquire official construction and building permits. Without the necessary documentation, banks are unlikely to lend to these individuals. By supporting this loan, you are helping individuals overcome this challenge so that they can improve their living conditions.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 30
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $12,439,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $3,300 helped Fatmeh to paint her house and install doors and windows that will help keep it warm, especially now in the winter.
Repayment Term
39 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 27, 2014
Feb 2, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 4, 2014