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The Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association – Asala, was founded in 1997 and registered as a non-profit organization under the current name in 2001. Until 2014, Asala provided both small loans, totalling more than USD 35 million, and non-financial services to female micro-entrepreneurs. Following a change in legislation, Asala has established itself as two separate institutions since then, whereby “Asala for Credit and Development” (Company) delivers financial services and “The Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association – Asala” (NGO) continues to provide comprehensive and needs-based services to marginalized women in the areas of Capacity Building, Access to Markets, and Advocacy and Lobbying.

Publications

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Gap Analysis of the Enabling Environment for Women in Business and Entrepreneurs

According to the World’ Economic Forum “Global Gender Gap report for 2016” the gaps between women and men on economic participation remain wide: only 59% of the economic participation gap has been closed—a continued reversal on several years of progress and the lowest value measured by the Index since 2008. Women entrepreneurship is an important [...]

Survey Report: Listening to Clients – Impact Assessment of Asala’s services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – December 2012

ASALA’s management recognizes the importance of evaluating the long-term effectiveness of previous interventions in order to strengthen and improve its crediting modality. In this regard, ASALA works to obtain a comprehensive impact assessment of past clientele, with the goal of improving the organization’s support for its targeted women entrepreneurs. With this goal in mind, ASALA [...]

The Economic empowerment of women in Palestine – October 21 2010

This research, funded by the Canadian Government through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), explores the understanding and perceptions of WEE in the West Bank today and feeds the reader with facts and knowledge on key indicators that define WEE in Palestine, and in particular in the West Bank, today.   Download The Best Cisco [...]

Beneficiary Impact Assessment: “Client Satisfaction from ASALA’s Financial and non-financial services – September 2010

Asala has been providing loans to women since its establishment in 1997. By providing small and microfinance to Palestinian women, ASALA contributes to sustainable and long-term development in Palestine. Through a wide range of activities and services, ASALA has offered both financial and non-financial support and currently serves an active clientele of 1200 women in the [...]