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Wafa is one of the oldest loyal borrower's of FATEN. She and her husband started taking loans 10 years ago to start their own workshop where they make wooden crosses and statues. Her husband shapes them and she paints, sticks pieces together and manages selling and dealing with customers.

Her husband started this business with his nephew. By the time he could save enough money to rent his own workshop and start making his own production, the workshop grew. Now Wafa is taking a loan from FATEN to buy olive tree wood since their work prospers in summer, which is the tourism season in the Bethlehem area.

Wafa stands in the workshop showing some of their products.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 83
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $14,477,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Wafa to purchase raw materials like olive wood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 19, 2011