Tahrir is from Israel’s Negev region. One of five siblings in her home, Tahrir decided after high school to gain training and experience as a childcare giver. Through her local municipality, Tahrir received training and certification to open an at-home day care for toddlers between the ages of three months and three years of age. Tahrir has opened a nursery in her home and is registered with the local municipality. This means they monitor the nursery school and guarantee her customers and monthly tuition payments. Tahrir has found a business she can develop and manage now and for the long term, expanding and growing in the years to come.
Tahrir needed this loan to purchase equipment for her daycare including educational toys, cots, cribs, table, chairs and supplies.
One day, Tahrir wants to open a large multi-classroom nursery outside of her home.
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%.