(Herzliya) — His eight-year-old son nicknamed him Spiderman for his agility in scaling the marblefaced buildings that he restores, but four years ago Raviv Schiller was tangled in a web not of his own making.

“I was at a point where I didn’t have money to survive,” Schiller said. “It wasn’t that it was so much money I needed, but when I was stuck, Koret was the only one who helped me get financing and helped me get back on my feet.”

Schiller and nine of his 11 employees at Schiller, Ltd., which has developed a unique method for invisibly adhering marble facing to building exteriors, had been called into reserve duty to do battle in Jenin during the height of the intifada. His two main clients stopped paying their bills, the Value Added Tax (VAT) on materials was due, and his wife was at home, pregnant with their third child, when the couple learned that their then three-year-old daughter needed heart surgery. With no one to run the business, expenses piled up while income dwindled to zero.

Schiller’s wife, Mira, began a letter-writing campaign, first to VAT officials and then to members of the Knesset, asking for a tax payment schedule, but her pleas fell on deaf ears. When a military reporter for Israeli radio got wind of the situation, the Schillers’ luck began to change.

Pressed aggressively by the news reporter in an on-air interview, the VAT director relented, offering the payment schedule that Schiller needed. And when a KIEDF staff member heard the radio report, she put in a call to Schiller and offered the possibility of a loan. A year later, Schiller’s business had tripled. Today, it has doubled in volume again. He now serves five to 10 clients at a time, employs a staff of 50, and has developed the “Schiller, Ltd.” name into a known, quality brand in Israel.

“The loan motivated me to get up and get it together,” Schiller said. “Next year will be even better.”