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Mohammad is a 25-year-old single young man. This photo was taken inside his barber shop.

For the past three years Mohammad has had a barber shop, which is the only shop of this kind in the place where he is. He has a good reputation among customers, which has been profitable for his business. He has a lot of loyal customers, but the shop needs some support to cover the costs.

Mohammad is requesting a loan from FATEN to cover the cost of purchasing a new barber kit, which has tools such as different types of hair scissors, a collection of hair brushes, and hair and face creams. This will improve his work and satisfy the desires of his customers, which will lead to increased demand from his customers and an increase in income.

About Shariah-compliant lending:
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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This loan is governed by Islamic lending principles. Because Islamic Law prohibits the charging of interest, FATEN is charging 0% interest on this loan. This is a Murabaha loan, which means that FATEN purchases goods for borrowers and charges a fee or mark-up. Click here to learn more about this loan type and Kiva's approach to lending in the Islamic world.  


Palestinians face unique challenges due to the economic and political environment in the West Bank and Gaza. Click here to learn more about how Kiva and FATEN are working to help Palestinian borrowers overcome these obstacles and how your support can make a difference.

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 $1,900 helped Mohammad to purchase new barber kit.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 16, 2012
Nov 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014