Wafaa' is a 26-year-old young woman. She has an educational center and wants to expand and improve her work. She wants to purchase new educational tools and more equipment such as chairs and tables, but the amount of money she has isn't enough to pay, so she needs to take a loan from FATEN.
When Wafaa' gets the loan, which is repaid on a monthly basis, she will be able to purchase new educational tools and equipment, and that will improve the center's work positively. This will increase her income and allow her to live in better living conditions. Wafaa' is photographed at the FATEN branch.
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.
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