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

לאתר קיימא


Carmel Vernia

Previously at Intel Corp, former CTO of Comverse, Chief Scientist for the Government of Israel and Chairman of Tower Semiconductors, today Carmel is a private investor in early-stage technology companies in Israel through the Startup Factory – an Angel Club he founded and runs.


IVN & the Leichtag Foundation


Number of Youth-at-Risk

  • 2013 – 5
  • 2014 – 15
  • 2015 – 15
  • 2016 – 17

Returning to high school

  • 2016 (projected) – 50%

Enlisting into the IDF/national service

  • 2016 (projected) – 100%

Self-generated Income as % of Total Income

  • 2013 – 40%
  • 2014 – 46%
  • 2015 – 39%
  • 2016 (projected) – 52%