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Latifa is a 60-year-old woman from Jenin, a city in the northern part of Palestine. Latifa is the mother of four sons. One of her sons works in the Ministry of Education, one at the the Arab bank, and one at the Arab Specialist Hospital. Her fourth son is a college student.

Latifa and her sons started building their own house after her husband passed away. Her sons were helping with funds from their salaries. The house is now completely built and just needs finishing work.

Since the sons have been helping with the house for a long time, they cannot pay any more, so Latifa came to FATEN and took a $3000 loan.

Latifa, whom you see in the picture with her son, Omar, is a well-respected woman in Jenin and with a very good reputation.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 131
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $14,274,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,000 helped Latifa finish house construction.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 21, 2010
Aug 1, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2012