Kiva is proud to provide capital to courageous, hardworking borrowers in this part of the world. So to conclude this Passport Series, we would like to share with you stories of four entrepreneurs who -- with Kiva lenders' help -- have found success in a place with limited economic opportunity.
A 34-year-old father of one, Basel  has a disability that impedes his ability to walk. Despite these extra challenges, he has established a successful and profitable kindergarten program in the West Bank. The school is the only source of income for Basel and his family, so he used a $3,000 Kiva loan to buy new, safe playground equipment -- improving the school's conditions and attracting more students. This is one of those amazing examples -- where a loan did so much more than help the borrower. The students also benefit from a better learning environment.
Ali  is a married father of five from a village in the West Bank. Back in 2012, destructive storms and heavy winds destroyed a good portion of agricultural land in the region -- and subsequently Ali’s family’s livelihood.
Last May, he took out a $1,500 Kiva loan to restore his fields and plant new vegetables. Not only has it stabilized his financial situation, but his increase in profits enabled him to reinvest in new modern ways to increase his crop yield.
Mervat  lives in Gaza with her three children. She opened her own accessories and gift shop back in 2008 but was not having much success. Last May, she took out a $1,500 Kiva loan to diversify inventory, buy a glass door, and decorate her shop to attract more customers and improve sales. Since then, business has picked up and she is reinvesting her profits into growing her shop to add more goods and meet her customers needs.
Msallam  owns a small restaurant in the West Bank specializing in traditional humos and falafel -- the sole restaurant in his village. Before taking out his Kiva loan of $3,000, his restaurant was so small that it only had two tables. The loan allowed him to buy a refrigerator, add flooring, increase capacity, and add more tables to accommodate more customers and yield greater sales. His ultimate goal is to continue to grow his business so he can provide his two children with the best education possible.
Through our partners Ryada  and FATEN  in the Palestinian Territories, Kiva has made high-impact loans like these available to almost 3,000 Palestinian borrowers.
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