Samah and Aziza runs a play center from Aziza’s home. They have 15 children from their village who come for games and activities. The children love the games and activities, and the parents trust Samah and Aziza. Samah and Aziza want to expand the activities and play area.
Samah needs this loan to assist with paying for maintenance, a kitchen, and games.
Samah loves working with the children and plans on one day opening a daycare. She wants to study daycare management.
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%.