Wudha lives in southern Israel and is a mother and grandmother. Unfortunately Wudha never had the opportunity to learn to read and write but when she was given the opportunity to develop a microbusiness, she never hesitated. Wudha learned the art of making cheeses from sheep's milk from her mother and grandmother. She took this skill and created her business. Now Wudha's cheese business has gained a steady clientele and steady income.
Wudha needed this loan to purchase additional ewes (baby sheep), raise them and make her specialty cheeses.
Wudha wants to continue to raise more ewes and sell cheeses, providing a steady income. She is making sure her children and grandchildren receive an education.
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%.