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May is a conservative person who prefers not to have her photo published online, so her father appears in the photo inside their new home.

May is a 19-year-old single lady from Qalqilia. She lives with her parents and eight brothers and sisters in a very old house in the city. May's father and her elder brother work as workers in a car station. They get a low wage that barely covers the family needs. May's father would like to improve the family's living conditions by completing his new home.

May took a USD loan from FATEN. This loan will help her to pay the costs of completing the family's new home, especially buying tiles. This will help the family to improve their living conditions.

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About Palestine

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 79
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    Palestine Loans Fundraising
  • $13,108,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped May to pay the costs of completing the family's new home, especially buying tiles.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 18, 2015