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Due to cultural reasons, Salam prefers that her photo not be on the Internet. Thus, the photo is of her husband, Basil, who has the picture inside his shop. Salam is a 24-year-old young woman, who is married and a mother to one son and one daughter, who are below 4 years of age. Salam and her family live in a small village. Her husband has owned the barber shop for eight years, and it has been the only one of its type in the village. Salam and her husband consider the shop a profitable project. It has many loyal customers, but also it needs more support from time to time, to cover the costs.

Salam is requesting a loan from FATEN to help her husband cover the cost of purchasing a new barber kit, installing mirrors, and obtaining some necessary cosmetics, such as hair and face creams. These purchases will improve the shop's work and satisfy customers, which in turn will increase the family's income. They will then have better living conditions.

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This loan is helping support a borrower who is 35 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young person with limited resources. 


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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 79
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $14,465,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,000 helped Salam to buy a new barber kit, install some mirrors, and buy men's hair and face creams, for her husband's barber shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 9, 2012
Nov 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014