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Loan Funds

Support for Israel's Entrepreneurs

Starting a new business—or expanding an existing venture—should be an exciting opportunity to turn a dream into a reality. And thanks to The Jewish Agency’s Loan Funds program, Israeli small-business owners are taking those leaps with rock-solid financial backing that paves the way to success.

Loan funds are The Jewish Agency’s grassroots economic development engines for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Jerusalem, the Negev, and Galilee. In most cases, Jewish communities worldwide support Loan Funds to encourage economic development in their Partnership2Gether regions. The Loan Funds also support Israeli entrepreneurs from target populations such as new immigrants, the Arab population, the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) population, and the Ethiopian community.

Loan Funds provide technical assistance and guarantees to applicants to help them qualify for bank loans, which are granted at special terms, and enjoy exceptional pay-back rates. Each year we approve the applications of dozens of businesses, enabling loans totaling millions of dollars. From the time they were founded in 2002, the loan funds have assisted more than 2,000 businesses with loans totaling more than $100 million, and have led to the creation of about 10,000 new jobs.

  • With a clear vision, hard work and a little help, Ronnie and Simcha turned their agricultural dreams into reality.

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  • Daniel and Elya's veganism posed a challenge for their passion for chocolate, leading them to experiment with chocolate recipes that don't use milk.

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  • Ofer Ronen had a 30-year high-tech career that took him all over the world—but his passion was beer. Loan Funds helped him open his own brewery.

  • Based in Jerusalem, The Chocolate Forest creates so much more than just sweets—it creates an experience. And The Jewish Agency's Loan Funds helped every step of the way.