In this April 21, 2019 photo, Palestinian groom Yehiya Taleb, center, move a mirror, part of his wedding furniture, to his apartment in Shati refugee camp, Gaza City. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order to get married and start a family.Serdanah is among hundreds of young men who have turned to Gaza's small industry of wedding lenders for help, only to fall onto hard times because of crushing debt and lack of jobs in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.Abu Serdanah agreed to repay the money in monthly payments over two years, but managed to pay only for five months.A plasterer who earns 50 shekels, or about $15, a day, Abu Serdanah was certain that he would be able to manage the payments to Farha.Salama al-Awadi, manager of Farha Project, says only 7 percent of his clients managed to pay the monthly installments fully this year and 40 percent could not pay back at all.With economic recession in Gaza, the number of clients is also dwindling.One of Awadi's clients is 29-year-old Yehiya Taleb, whose four brothers, all married, believed it was problematic by Gaza's standards to reach that age and still be single.
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