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Raheefa is a mother of one daughter and seven sons and is married to Muhammad, who owns an auto repair workshop. Muhammad also works as a Palestinian National Authority employee. He started his workshop nine years ago.

The workshop is in a good location which attracts a lot of customers. Recently Raheefa's husband needed new efficient tools and car batteries. Raheefa came to FATEN and took a loan to help her husband purchase the mentioned items and have a better results and returns.

Raheefa's husband appears in the picture here in the workshop as she is a religious woman and doesn't want her picture online.

About this loan product:

FATEN offers loan products that are designed to serve borrowers all over Palestine, including some religiously conservative areas. A key tenet of Islam is the prohibition of interest in the lending or accepting of money. This prohibition is based on the belief that money should be seen only as a medium of exchange and that it has no value in itself. FATEN has adapted the terms of this loan to fit the cultural context by attaching a 0% interest rate to the loan. In order to cover its costs, FATEN does charge a servicing fee. The amount you see fundraising includes both the principal loan and the loan servicing fees. As with all Kiva loans, you should expect to have your funds returned to you in accordance with the repayment schedule attached to this loan. For more information on lending in the Muslim world, please visit Kiva's Muslim World Lending helptext:

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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 $1,800 helped Raheefa to purchase auto repair tools and car batteries.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 19, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2012