Maliha is a 28-year-old mother of two from the Negev region. She has just an elementary school education but strong determination and drive. Maliha wants to provide for her children and ensure a secure future. She has a business raising chicks and selling them to local customers. In this way, Maliha has been able to contribute to her family’s monthly income.
Maliha is requesting this loan to purchase additional chicks and restructure the area where she raises her chickens. She wants to continue and strengthen her business, eventually expanding so she can sell chickens to the entire area.
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%.