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Update on Ilham

Ilham is a 42-year-old married woman with five sons and one daughter. Her husband is a worker with a decent salary, and one of her sons is a Palestinian National Authority employee with a decent salary, too.
Ilham is a professional tailor. She wants to expand her business and buy another sewing machine as demand has increased for her services. However, the amount of money she has isn't sufficient to buy a new machine, so she is requesting a loan from Kiva partner FATEN. When Ilham receives the loan, she will purchase another sewing machine to help her finish her tailoring work faster. She has loyal customers and keeping her word to finish the tailoring on time is very important to her in building a good reputation. This loan will allow her to maximize her tailoring work and increase her income, which will provide her family with better living conditions.
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Previous Loan Details

Ilham is a 41 years old woman from Qalqilia city in North Palestine. Ilham is a very good tailor. She started tailoring for relatives and neighbors and now she started tailoring for more customers from the city. One of Ilham sons is a Palestinian National authority employee while the other 4 s... More from Ilham's previous loan »

Additional Information


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Concurrent and Successive Loans

Our Field Partners often work with borrowers over a series of loans as the borrowers build credit, take out bigger loans, and expand their businesses. In order to make it easier for our Field Partners to post loans for borrowers who have been listed on Kiva before, we allow them to post successive and concurrent loans for their Kiva borrowers. This means that our Field Partners are able to post a borrower's second, third, etc., loan on Kiva without having to re-enter all of the borrower's information.

This borrower has been listed on Kiva before, so you'll see an updated loan description, as well as excerpts of the original descriptions from earlier loans. Most borrowers take out loans consecutively, meaning that they receive a second loan after having repaid the first. However, sometimes our Field Partners give out concurrent loans, allowing borrowers to take out one primary loan and a secondary "add-on" loan along with it. These "add-on" loans are typically smaller than the borrower's primary loan and serve a different purpose. Because Field Partners can now post loans as successive and concurrent loans, you will be able to track borrower progress over time and see the various ways a borrower is working with our Field Partners through funds from Kiva’s lenders.

About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 77
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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 $500 helped Ilham to purchase a sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 24, 2011
Dec 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 21, 2012