Sohir is a 36-year-old mother of three with extensive tailoring and seamstress experience. Sohir has gained an excellent reputation in her village and surrounding area. She and two partners are opening a shop where she will provide tailoring and dressmaking services.
Sohir needs this loan to purchase a sewing machine, paint for the shop, sewing materials, cloth and supplies.
In the future Sohir wants to see her business expand, become a leader in the field, and get involved in designing.
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%.