Previous Evaluations

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.

Results of 2012 Report

The following are preliminary results from a study completed in December 2012. Surveys were conducted at 4 different time periods: the start of the program, and 1, 3 and 5 years after its completion. This report is based on the telephone surveys completed by 530 women, in 23 groups, who joined the Business of One's Own program between the years 2005 and 2010.

 

Registered Businesses

        Before beginning the program - 23% 
        1 year later -  (are formally registered)  - 30%
        3 years later -  (are formally registered) - 36.4% 
        5 years later - (are formally registered) - 31%

 

Business Survival Rate

         % of businesses which have a business survival rate of 3 years - 79% 
         % of businesses which have a business survival rate of 5 years - 63%

 

Average Monthly Income Generated From Business

           Before beginning the program - $ 524 (1992 NIS)
           1 year later - $ 929 (3531 NIS)
           3 years later - $ 1308 (4970 NIS)
           5 years later - $ 1488 (5654 NIS)

 

Average Monthly Household Income:  

All the women                                                  Only the women with businesses 
Before beginning the program - $ 1282 (4873 NIS)         $ 1329 (5052 NIS)

1 year later - $ 1691 (6426 NIS)                                       $ 2079 (7901 NIS)

3 years later - $ 1732 (6583 NIS)                                    $ 2328 (8848 NIS)
5 years later (2009) - $ 1862 (7077 NIS)                           $ 2221 (8439 NIS)

 

Percent of women under the poverty line

Before beginning the program - 81 % 
1 year later - 66 % 
3 years later - 60 %
5 years later - 51% 

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Results of 2010 Report

The following are results from a study completed in June 2010.

Surveys of the women were conducted at 4 different time periods: at the start of the program, and 1, 3 and 5 years after its completion. This report is based on the telephone surveys completed by 1,554 women, in 69 groups, who joined the Business of One's Own program between 2003 and 2010.

1,181 women (77% of total number) from 68 groups completed surveys 1 year later.

618 women (68% of total number) from 42 groups participated in 3 year survey.

246 women (62% of total number) from 19 groups participated in 5 year survey.

The following are highlights from this study.

 

Women who Contribute to Household Income

Before beginning the program - 43% 
1 year later - 74% 
3 years later - 78% 
5 years later - 85%

 

Business Activity

Before beginning the program - 18% 
1 year later - 36% (68% are formally registered) 
3 years later - 34% (73% are formally registered) 
5 years later - 33% (84% are formally registered)

 

Business Survival Rate

76% of businesses have a business survival rate of 3 years 
72% of businesses have a business survival rate of 5 years

 

Average Monthly Income Generated From Business

Before beginning the program - $1,054 
1 year later - $1,260 (+20%) 
3 years later - $1,786 (+42%) 
5 years later - $1,887 (+50%)

 

Average Monthly Household Income

Before beginning the program - $1,753 
1 year later - $ 2,028 (+16%) 
3 years later - $ 2,238 (+28%) 
5 years later (2009) - $1,912 (+10%)

 

Registered in a Study/Vocational Program 

1 year later - 26% 
3 years later - 38% 
5 years later - 47%

 

 

The percentage of women who established their own businesses is consistent with worldwide figures for comparable micro enterprise programs for similar populations.

 
 

Vision

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.

Results of 2008 Report

As part of its rigorous annual self-evaluation process, EEW surveys Business of One's Own graduates one year and three years after completing the program. A five-year after study is planned for 2010. The results consistently prove that EEW's business development and personal empowerment programs make a profound impact on low-income women, enriching their lives with newly discovered economic independence and confidence in themselves and their capabilities. The impressive statistics for 2008 once again indicate a greater sense of economic self-sufficiency for women and their families.

 

Business development drives personal empowerment

32% of those who completed the Business of One's Own program own a micro enterprise.

 

Average monthly personal income from businesses is $1,348

56% increase in average monthly income from business after a three year period
73% survival rate of business after a three year period
74% of businesses are legally registered

Women working to climb out of poverty

  • Business of One's Own graduates increased their average monthly household income by 19% one year following the program. Three years later, these same women report an increase of 31% in household income.

  • Women who entered the program with a failing business increased their average monthly household income by 58% through increased business activity

  • 33% of families living in poverty rose above the poverty line

  • 44% of women joined the salaried workforce

  • Salaried workers' wages increased by 14% compared to the 1.6% national average

Education is essential to getting ahead

  • 22% of women joined an educational or vocational study program and 41% three years later

The percentage of women who established their own businesses is consistent with worldwide figures for comparable micro enterprise programs for similar populations.

 
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 donors 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
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