Aisha is a 44-year-old mother of four children between the ages of 10 and 24. Two of her children are her own, and two from her husband’s widow. Her husband is no longer with the family and she raises her children alone, with perseverance, love and determination. Aisha raises chickens and needed a loan for certain expansions and changes.
Aisha took this loan to build a larger chicken growing area that includes water, electricity, and a chicken preparation portion.
Aisha's plans for the future are to ensure her children study and to continue expanding her business.
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%.