Juha’s Guesthouse

Juha’s Guesthouse is located in Jisr-a-Zarqa, an Arab village with the lowest socioeconomic ranking in Israel. This endeavor is the first step towards reconstruction of the community’s business infrastructure and self-esteem by leveraging the guesthouse and tourism industry models.

Joined IVN’s portfolio in 2014 as part of the Social Venture Program

STATUS: Current

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Mentors

Yair Sakov

VP of Business Development at Al Fanar (an Arab-led social venture specializing in Arab workforce development and placement) and owner of the Tanor Group, Yair has decades of experience as a senior executive with international high-tech companies and VC’s, including Gilat Satellite Networks, Intel, Vertex Venture Capital, 3Com and more.

Reuven Reif, Esq.
Reuven was a Senior Partner at Goldfarb, Levy, Eran & Co., one of Israel’s leading law firms, until his retirement at the end of 2007 and remains Of Counsel to the firm.

Co-Investors

IVN & the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Impact

Increase of tourism-related businesses

  • 2015 – 4 more new businesses
  • 2016 – 4 more new businesses
  • 2017 – 4 more new businesses

Number of tourists 

  • 2015 – 3,600
  • 2016 – 4,500
  • 2017 – 6,000 (Proj.)

Number of locals involved in tourism 

  • 2015 – 30
  • 2016 – 40
  • 2017 – 50 (Proj.)

Self-generated Income as % of Total Income

  • 2015 – 75%
  • 2016  – 83%
  • 2017 – 100% (Proj.)