There are a lot of options here, they are simply not the easiest to accomplish. If the friend has property that they own outright, it would be easy enough to use that property as the collateral for the money lent. You would want to be careful that you did not secure the money against an asset that is exempt - such as a homestead or a vehicle unless the equity was just right. The answer depends on what the real financial situation of friend is.
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