Intisaar is 50 years old, married with eight children ranging in age from 8 to 24. She lives in Waadi Al Joz to the north east of the Old City in Jerusalem. Her husband is self-employed as a builder/decorator. She has a cottage business preparing traditional foods for sale. She now seeks NIS 15,000 to invest in kitchen equipment such as a larger oven, fridge, and rings among other items. This investment willenable her to expand her home preparation of traditional pastries, deserts and sandwiches. She sells these to students in the Hebrew University and to office workers, particularly those working in the many foreign foundations in the area. She has developed a niche in the provision of high quality traditionally cooked items for which she is currently unable to supply all the demand - particularly for lunch food and for social events.
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