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Somaia is a hardworking mother who takes care of her two sons and one daughter, who are respectively eight, six and five years old. She works in a sewing workshop to help her husband who is an employee of the Palestinian Medical Relief to afford household expenses.

Somaia and her husband managed to start building their own house in their home city of Jenin and this consumes most of their income; so Somaia thought of taking a $3,000 loan from FATEN to cover the last payment they have to make in order to have the house completed.

The family is hoping to move in to the new house as soon as possible, Somaia and her husband are the ones in the picture above leaving FATEN's office in Jineen.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 84
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $13,140,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,000 helped Somaia to complete the construction of her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2012