A Business of One's Own

Project Description

The program, lasting between 8 and 10 months, consists of approximately 120 hours. There are 22 large group meetings co-led by a business facilitator and empowerment coach. Topics discussed include: personal empowerment, time management, formulating a business idea, marketing/advertising, financial management, pricing, legal issues, and preparing a strategic business plan. Additionally, the women are split into small groups (up to 7 women per group) devoted to technical assistance and mentoring; the facilitator meets with each of these groups 6 times throughout the duration of the course. Each woman receives two one-on-one consultations: one with the business facilitator and one with the empowerment coach. The woman chooses when she would like these consultations and they are designed to address a specific obstacle and are tailored to whatever the participant needs. 

The participants also take part in at least one site visit to observe a successful business and are welcome to join any of EEW’s seminars, business marathons, and workshops throughout their time in the program.

 

Project Goal

To assist women from underprivileged populations improve their economic welfare and break out of the poverty cycle by establishing and developing their own small businesses, thereby achieving economic independence and stability.

 

Target Population

Low-income and poor women, Jewish and Arab, from the social and geographic periphery of Israel, who possess an entrepreneurial spirit but who lack access to suitable business training and bank credit.

 

Staff
Each program is run by one business facilitator and one empowerment facilitator and additional lectures and workshops are given by professionals in a variety of fields. Our facilitators are all highly trained professionals who have been working with EEW for many years, receive specific training and staff development, and take part in constant revision of the program, ensuring their methods are suited to the changing needs of the field.

To bring about economic change for women in Israel through a multi-level approach including: small business development, a broadening of public policy, and the development of need-specific programs for diverse populations. EEW is a feminist organization committed to assisting women from disadvantaged sectors of society.

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Programs and Services

A Business of One's Own

A Business of One's Own:  EEW's flagship program, considered pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and business training in Israel. A yearlong program, in which the participants, mostly from the geographic and social periphery ,receive business training, and undergo a process of personal empowerment.  

Business Development Services are provided over five years to grow existing businesses and increase the personal income earned from one's business. They include advanced business training and industry related seminars; Business Incubation; Business marathons;  computer trainings; regional business forums; Financial orientation and one-on-one and small group business coaching.

Business Development Services

Community Partnerships

EEW is located in Haifa and runs programs throughout the country. These programs are run in cooperation with local municipalities, government agencies, NGO's and foundations that provide loans to small businesses and work in the field of economic empowerment and women. These partnerships are very valuable to EEW and enable us to reach hundreds of women every year and help them begin businesses of their own.

How to Support us

Most of our activity is made possible by the kind support of foundations, businesses and private donations from Israel and abroad.

We invite you to join our donors and help support women in Israel on their way to economic independence.

Our Graduates
Since its establishment, EEW has served over 5,000 women from underprivileged populations in Israel, including ultraorthodox, Arabs, new immigrants, single parents, and women over 45. Activities have taken place in over 85 locations, and EEW has played an active role in the establishment and growth of over 1,800 small businesses in a variety of fields.
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Economic Empowerment for Women
H119 Jaffa Rd., P.O.B. 9148
, Haifa, 3109101 Israel
Telephone: 972-4-852-0027
Fax: 972-4-852-4941
eew@womensown.org.il