Due to issues of modesty, Rabah's husband is pictured instead of her in this photo. Rabah is a 36-year-old mother from the Negev. She was trained as a teacher's assistant for young children but was unable to find adequate work in this field. In 2008 she decided to open a business and began with a small grocery store. Over the last three years she has expanded and created a nice mini-market in her neighborhood.
Rabah needed this loan for new shelves and to purchase a larger stock of goods.
Rabah wants eventually to open a full-sized supermarket in the center of her town and serve a larger customer base.
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%.