Aziza, along with her co-worker Samah, runs a play center from her home. They have fifteen children from their village who come for games and activities. The children love the games and activities and the parents trust Aziza and Samah. They want to extend the play area and upgrade the playground outside.
Aziza needs this loan to assist with paying for renovations, such as new windows, doors and flooring.
Aziza thoroughly enjoys working with the children and one day wants to open a daycare and gain daycare management certification.
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%.