Small businesses are a central part of the Arab economy in Israel. Over 65% of Arab families make their living through the small business sector. The lack of access to financial services, specifically credit, pushes many to the dangerous grey market.
During the COVID crisis, KIEDF developed this nonbank loan fund for small businesses from the Arab sector.
Following the violence in May of 2021, local businesses in mixed cities suffered mutual consumer boycotts and many continue to struggle financially with distrust still strong between the Arab and Jewish communities within the cities.
KIEDF has expaneded services, targeting Jewish and Arab business owners in Mixed Citries.
The Funds provide nonbank loans up to NIS 100,000 with businesses services.
To date, over 250 loans have been provided with over NIS 18 Million in credit.