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Sahar is a 40-year-old mother of 11 children. She is a skilled seamstress who began selling children's clothes and making a living for herself and her family. Since Sahar opened her store a year and a half ago she has sold children's clothes and gained a strong clientele.

With the loan, Sahar will expand to women's clothing as well. There is a high demand with the holidays and this stock could ensure important income. One day Sahar wants to expand into men's clothing and become one-stop shopping for the entire family. In the future she wants to branch out into other items such as shoes and accessories. Sahar is developing a steady income with her business and has gained the respect and support of her husband and family.

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About KIEDF:

Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF) launched its direct lending program, SAWA, in 2006 to help low-income and unemployed populations within Israel create independent income-generating activities. SAWA currently serves Bedouin women in the Negev, Arab Israeli women in northern Israel and Jewish Israeli women. SAWA loans support a wide variety of small business types including consumer goods sales, grocery stores, animal raising, hairdressing, sewing, and day care. SAWA continues to grow and serve new populations while maintaining a loss rate of less than 3%.

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  • $36,200
    Average annual income
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  • $1,314,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.6
    Israel New Shekels (ILS) = $1 USD