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Mariam is a 51-year-old mother of nine daughters and three sons. Mariam's daughters and sons are between the ages of 11 and 31 years old. Some of them have graduated already and started work, while the rest are school students.

Mariam and her husband can finally move to a house with enough rooms for their big family. Mariam took out a loan from FATEN to purchase kitchen items such as a kitchen table, wardrobes, chairs, etc., as well as to paint the house.

Mariam's husband, Mahmoud, is photographed instead as she is a conservative woman.

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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 $3,000 helped Mariam to paint the house and finish the kitchen.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 18, 2011
May 9, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 23, 2013