Hagar is from the Jerusalem area. For six years, she has been refurbishing vintage pieces of furniture, creating unique children’s pieces and other furniture designs. Recently she as reopened her studio where she refurbishes furniture and creates special pieces. Hagar is planning on working half time at a specialty furniture store and has come to an agreement with them to sell her pieces on consignment. In addition, she is taking orders and selling directly from her studio.
Hagar is requesting a loan, which she will use to purchase stock and refurbishing materials. She is known for her high quality pieces and fair prices. She wants to continue developing children’s pieces, refurbishing vintage furniture, and creating specialty pieces to a larger clientele 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%.