Our B' edaya (pronounced Beh-uh-day-uh) "With My Own Hands" microfinance initiative provides interest-free loans to female-heads of households, who are particularly disadvantaged in rural Egypt, to start income-generating projects. Upon the successful setup and operation of the project, each woman will repay the original loan which will then go to a revolving fund.
Most of the mothers we meet want to provide for their children but don't have the ability to do so. Without a husband widowed mothers and their children are often ostracized in Egypt. Once the family is fatherless the mother is usually unable to work because of the social stigmas which forces them to either remove their children to work and leave school, or go to an orphanage. Our programs goal is to eliminate these negative outcomes and help families stay together through small businesses
Once a mother is selected and her project is funded she can use the profit to improve the quality of life for herself and her children. Mothers are required to put at least 20% of their profit into a savings account. Once the mothers project becomes successful she repays the interest free loan to Coptic Orphans and it is given to another mother to make her project a success. This cycle continues allowing your donation to make many families independent.
The 20% of profit generated in a Savings Account gives the family a sense of security when it comes to the finances of a household. Mothers will be able to better handle emergencies financially without being totally dependent on the Church or any organization. Other widowed mothers also see the potential success the program generates and know that it is also possible for them to succeed.