EEW conducts both long term and yearly evaluations.
At the onset of the program, each participant is interviewed. Her personal, economic and social profile is mapped, recorded, and input into our database.
One year, three years, and five years after the program's completion, graduates are interviewed over the phone and their details are updated in the database so that a comparative analysis can be drawn. In certain projects, such as our business incubators, we conduct a separate evaluation.
The following are the results of a study completed in August 2015.
The study is made up of 724 women, spanning 31 groups, all of whom participated in the Business of One's Own program between the years 2005-2008.
Women who completed the program: 88%
Women with new businesses at the conclusion of the program: 41%
Survival rate of their businesses after 5 years: 71%
Average monthly household income:
Before the program: 5,900 NIS (1,475$)
One year after the program: 6,969 NIS (1,742$)
Women with businesses: 7987 (1,998$)
Three years after the program 7,469 NIS (1,867$)
Women with businesses: 8663 (2,166$)
Five years after the program: 7,922 NIS (1,980$)
Women with businesses: 10,130 (2,533)
Average monthly income generated from business:
One year after the program: 3301 NIS (825$)
Three years after the program: 4925 NIS (1,331$)
Five years after the program: 9235 NIS (2,309$)
Average monthly profit generated from business:
One year after the program: 2,144 NIS (536$)
Three years after the program: 3328 (832$)
Five years after the program: 5,105 (1,276$)
Percentage of women below the poverty line:
Before beginning the program: 72%
Five years after conclusion of the program: 53%
Percentage of women who reported a positive change in her life as a direct result of the program:
One year after the program: 74%
Three years after the program: 71%
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.
Programs and Services
A Business of One's Own
A Business of One's Own: EEW's flagship program has pioneered the field of entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and business training in Israel. A Business of One's Own is 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
Business Development Services are provided over five years to grow existing businesses and increase the personal income earned from them. They include advanced business training and industry related seminars; Business Incubation; Business marathons; computer trainings; regional business forums; financial orientation and business coaching, both one-on-one and in small group.
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.