13 January 2015

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Setting up a mixed care center for special needs children

Misa' Nassar
Misa' Nassar

"It’s great to work with FATEN. They have a clear and straightforward approach that makes everything that much easier and quicker. And they also offered me flexible repayment conditions. My business now has a solid foundation."

- Misa' Nassar

When Misa’ set out to meet the dire need for a centre to help kids with special needs, she knew where she would open it, but not how: she simply didn’t have the capital to purchase the equipment for the occupational, speech and language therapy work she had in mind. But she did have a business plan and found the right partner in Palestine for Credit and Development FATEN.

This microfinance institution facilitates sustainable access to financial services for Palestinian micro-entrepreneurs, especially businesses led by women. Before long she received the approval for this loan in the amount of USD 25,000.

With this fresh infusion of investment capital, Misa’ completed the therapy centre and began taking in children with special needs. Since launching the foundation in 2010, she has helped more than 200 children – and hired five assistants.

The centre also conducts awareness campaigns in Ramallah and surrounding areas and is coordinating with schools to integrate children with special needs and organize seminars and workshops for their parents. Besides making all the difference in the world to these challenged children, the centre also has a positive social impact by successfully promoting integration at the school and family level. And that makes life a little bit easier and better for everybody.