Sunday arrived in Israel seven years ago after escaping war in Sudan and completing the long journey by foot to Israel. A mother of three, Sunday is an asylum seeker, which limits the employment opportunities available to her.
Driven to provide for her young children and to take control of her life, Sunday used a small loan from Microfy, which has been repaid in full, to open a coffee shop in south Tel Aviv. Her shop provides a safe place for the local community to socialize and enjoy a drink. While most of her clientele are Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers, she also receives a number of Israelis and tourists as patrons.
Following initial success in her business, Sunday now wants to expand the store, which is in need of painting and furnishing. Currently Sunday has borrowed furniture to provide seating for customers, but she now wants a second loan from Kiva partner Microfy to buy tables and chairs, as well as a television and freezer, to better provide for her clients. Part of the loan will also go towards complying with Israeli regulations so that she can complete the business registration process.
Please help Sunday reach her goal of sustaining a business to service her community.
Microfy is a not-for-profit organization in Israel that assists African asylum seekers and refugees living in Israel. These individuals, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, faced religious and political persecution in their home countries. In Israel, they face increased discrimination and hardships on a day-to-day basis. Among other challenges, they are unable to receive formal credit from banks and have very limited employment opportunities.
To address the difficult circumstances asylum seekers face, Microfy provides business training, technical assistance/support, financial resources and small business start-up loans. By funding this loan, you are supporting some of the most marginalized individuals in Israeli society and giving them the opportunity to change their economic reality by starting or developing a small business. One risk lenders should be aware of is the risk of arbitrary detention or deportation of asylum seekers by Israeli authorities.
Additionally, this loan may be post-disbursed, in which case this borrower will only receive the loan after it has been 100% funded by Kiva lenders. Because it is difficult to predict when a loan will be fully funded, the disbursement date may have been estimated by the Field Partner and may be inaccurate by several days or weeks.