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The Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF) was established in Israel in 1994 upon the initiative of the Koret Foundation of San Francisco to stimulate economic development and employment opportunity in the private sector in Israel. Since inception, KIEDF has facilitated close to $225 million in financing to over 8,500 small and micro businesses in Israel while creating and supporting more than 45,000 jobs.


Since 2003, KIEDF is involved with development and implementation of microenterprise development programs throughout Israel to increase employment and socioeconomic advancement opportunities for low income populations facing barriers to business training and financing on reasonable terms. Thousands of microenterprises have been supported and developed with the support of these programs.

In 2006, KIEDF established SAWA – Israel's first microfinance program providing direct non-bank loans. Group and individual direct loans are distributed by KIEDF's revolving loan fund at the Postal Bank. Loans support a wide variety of businesses including small commerce, grocery stores, animal raising, hairdressing, sewing, day care etc. Kiva works only with KIEDF's SAWA direct lending program to expand access to financial services to excluded populations.

During the first 4 years of operation, SAWA operated mainly among Bedouin women in the south of the country. In 2010 the program has expanded to additional populations throughout the country including unemployed Jewish women, immigrants, orthodox Jewish women and additional Arab Israeli women. At the end of 2012, SAWA began its lending operations in Jerusalem. The success of SAWA, one of a few microfinance program in Israel, illustrates tremendous possibilities of microfinance in combatting poverty.


Repayment Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Start Date On Kiva Dec 8, 2010 Oct 12, 2005
Total Loans $1,397,625 $890,367,650
Amount of raised Inactive loans $0 $690,025
Number of raised Inactive loans 0 318
Amount of Paying Back Loans $438,225 $141,094,550
Number of Paying Back Loans 108 173,579
Amount of Ended Loans $959,400 $748,583,075
Number of Ended Loans 274 931,198
Delinquency Rate 17.72% 9.36%
Amount in Arrears $40,966 $8,622,501
Outstanding Portfolio $231,233 $92,111,067
Number of Loans Delinquent 71 31,917
Default Rate 8.34% 1.35%
Amount of Ended Loans Defaulted $80,049 $10,082,697
Number of Ended Loans Defaulted 46 28,346
Currency Exchange Loss Rate 0.13% 0.45%
Amount of Currency Exchange Loss $1,844 $3,973,667
Refund Rate 0.40% 0.64%
Amount of Refunded Loans $5,525 $5,731,525
Number of Refunded Loans 1 5,858

Loan Characteristics On Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Loans to Women Borrowers 97.67% 74.98%
Average Loan Size $3,664 $406
Average Individual Loan Size $3,664 $638
Average Group Loan Size $0 $1,803
Average number of borrowers per group 0 7.8
Average GDP per capita (PPP) in local country $36,200 $5,930
Average Loan Size / GDP per capita (PPP) 10.12% 6.85%
Average Time to Fund a Loan 5.35 days 6.94 days
Average Dollars Raised Per Day Per Loan $684.96 $58.56
  Average Loan Term 28.71 months 11.07 months

Journaling Performance on Kiva

    This Field Partner All Kiva Partners
  Total Journals 204 458,296
  Journaling Rate 49.07% 41.63%
  Average Number of Comments Per Journal 0.04 0.05
  Average Number of Recommendations Per Journal 0.01 1.25

Borrowing Cost Comparison (based on 2014 data)

    This Field Partner Median for MFI's in Country All Kiva Partners
  Average Cost to Borrower 8% PY N/A 26.53% PY
  Profitability (return on assets) -5.33% N/A 0.08%
  Average Loan Size (% of per capita income) N/A N/A 18.53%

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