Khitam is 32 years old. She lives with her husband and two children (aged five and six) in Shu’afat, north-east Jerusalem. She has ten years experience in glass cutting and fashioning. She has received business training from MATI, a business development foundation in Jerusalem, and is now keen to develop her own business specialising in stained glass. There is a growing market in stained glass in the city, but none is produced in East Jerusalem. This is the niche that Khitam would like to fill; she is aware of a circle of architects and interior designers interested in her product. Khitam currently works in a glass centre, and has secured a rent free place to set up a dedicated oven for stained glass production from her current boss, on the understanding that she will cover for him as necessary. This arrangement greatly increases the potential and reduces the risk of the project. Khitam hopes to expand the project to provide training in stained glass fashioning to youth in the area, whose prospects are otherwise limited.
About Jerusalem Interest-Free Microfinance Fund Limited
Jerusalem Interest - Free Microfinance Fund (JIMF) is a charitable organization that provides loans and business development training to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Jerusalem. To address the city’s 40% poverty rate, it brings together women from the poor ultra-orthodox Jewish (Charedi) and Arab communities to receive training and build strong local economies. In the process, it aims to ease tension between religious and ethnic groups and promote peaceful interactions.
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