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Nasasra is a 23-year-old widow and mother of two from Israel’s Negev region. She married young to a much older man who passed away from a difficult illness. Nasasra moved back home to raise her children with the support of her family. She wanted to provide for her children. She took the initiative and was trained as a seamstress through a local course offered in her city. Her parents gave her an old family sewing machine, and Nasasra used her talent and training to begin offering seamstress and tailoring services.

Nasasra needed this loan to purchase a professional sewing machine, thread, cloth and a mirror.

Nasasra wants to see her work continue and expand. She wants to continue learning new techniques so she can introduce additional products and services. Her focus is on ensuring a safe and healthy future for her children.

Additional Information

About KIEDF:

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%.

About Israel

  • $36,200
    Average annual income
  • 0
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    Israel Loans Fundraising
  • $1,314,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.7
    Israel New Shekels (ILS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,700 helped Nasasra to purchase a professional sewing machine, thread, cloth and a mirror.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014