Kaima

Kayma is an NGO that was established in 2013 and aims to engage, train and empower marginalized youth though multi-faceted program of hand on organic farming. Located in Beit Zayit, just outside Jerusalem, Kayma seeks to provide employability skills and offer work experience and teach teamwork. The income of the venture comes from selling the farms products to the community. Since its establishment, the venture has succeeded in:
• Securing 5 acres of land
• Preparing the rocky soil for planting (with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers)
• Planting and harvesting the first & second round of crops
• Recruiting 10 participants for a summer pilot
• Distributing 90 food baskets on a weekly basis
• Raising NIS 600K in donations and in-kind

IVN's goals in this project are to enable the farm to grow and become self-sustained and to increase the number of youth at risk that are participating.

Kaima joined IVN’s portfolio in December 2013 within the framework of IVN's Tandem Fund.

STATUS: Current

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Mentors

Avi Ostfeld

Avi was founder and CEO of CastUP (today a Cisco company).  Prior to CastUP, he served as a senior manager at the Tel-Aviv Stock exchange. Today, Avi is a board member and mentor in several companies and NGO’s, active mainly in the fields of education and technology.

Co-Investors

IVN & the Leichtag Foundation

Impact

Number of Youth-at-Risk

  • 2014 –  15
  • 2015 – 15
  • 2016 (projected) – 20 at a time (50 over the course of the year)

Returning to high school

  • 2016 (projected) – 50%

Enlisting into the IDF/national service

  • 2016 (projected) – 80%

Self-generated Income

  • 2014 – NIS 700k
  • 2015 – NIS 930k
  • 2016 (projected) – NIS 1,4 mil

Self-generated Income as % of Total Income

  • 2014 – 46%
  • 2015 – 39%
  • 2016 (projected) – 68%