Update (17/04/2017): Oh, how time flies! Since I did this back in 2015, the $517 that was raised has resulted in funding of $2,331 for 90 projects.
Thanks again to those that have contributed in the past 2 years. I'm not setting any target this year, but feel free to give me a birthday present in the form of a donation!
Update (17/04/2016): I just noticed that in the year since I first started this, a total of 90 projects have been funded for a total of $1,426 - this from the $482 that was raised, much higher than the $330 target set!
I'm going set a soft target now of $670 ($330 for 2015, $340 for 2016), so that leaves me only $188 short!
Anyone willing to give me a birthday present in the form of a donation? :)
Update (20/04/2015): Thanks to the 10 people who donated $33 and the 1 person who took my total to $340 - higher than my first target!
I'm going to keep the campaign open for 3 more days and from now, match everyone who donates $ for $!
Yalla, let's donate people:)
Donate $33 if you can afford it. Donate less if you prefer. Just donate.
If 10 people donate $33 each I will hit my target!
Did you know that a loan of just $100 is enough to change a life in a developing country? Just a bit of capital to invest in a business or education can double or triple a disadvantaged entrepreneur's income - providing a sustainable livelihood for their family and securing better education for their children.
That's why I decided to dedicate my birthday this year. Instead of gifts, I'm accepting donations on behalf of Zidisha, a registered US nonprofit that facilitates microloans in the world's poorest places.
100% of your donation will go straight to the entrepreneurs, and you'll receive an update on how the funds were spent. Best of all, when the loans are repaid they will be relent again and again to fund new loan projects - truly a gift that keeps on giving!
Number of projects funded:
Total amount lent:
Counter renovation for my wines and spirits parlor
Stock for my clothing business
Increase stock for my food kiosk
Loan for expansion of my mobile-phone business
Denes Mwamba Simwami
Increase stock of printing materials for my shop
Inventory for my chips and mandazi (fried dough) store
Equipment and service maintenance
Construct new rooms for my hotel
Expand my pig farm
Shop renovation and stock for clothing business
Mobile phone inventory for my cybercafe and electronics shop
John Njoroge Ngatia
Vacuum cleaner for car wash
Firewood charcoal and energy saving jikos for household
Selling traditional clothing for Eid holiday
Endang Sri Wilis
Shelves or a new storefront for selling
Spare TV parts and mobile phone flashing toolbox for second hand shop
Laptop for work, and for vision check-up
Fitri Fauziyah Machmud
Additional inventory of ladies clothes and accessories
Capital for buying new stock(handbags)
Pay examination fee to my sister at college
Dickson Kimutai Kosgei
Pick-up truck to transport clothing & beauty products
Buying animal feed for farm
Stock of iPhones for electronics business
Culture of off-season
Abdoula Salam Ouedraogo
Inventory in clothing
Mill machine for grinding grains into flour
Aminata Jacqueline Bamba / Ouattara
Loan for laptops for second-hand electronics business
Motorcycle parts trade
Large refrigerator for drinks in our shop
Motorcycle pieces / need to purchase stock
Brang preparation for the feast
Commercialization of Gas Bottles
Transport vehicle and official licensing for herbal-medicine service
Grace Mawufemor Foli
School fees for 2nd child
Yusvina Encin Kuraesin
Tuition for law degree
Tuition and supplies for nursing school
Loan to retail sale of pain killing drugs.
Selling of clothes to cater my educational expenses.
Bring more land under cultivation
Buying books to sell to schools
Stock of products for my cosmetics shop
Bales of second-hand clothing to resell
Seeds and livestock for my mixed farm
Supplies and labor for upcoming planting season
Increase number of chicks in my poultry business
Inventory for venture capital to grow
Dwie Fitriyani Fitriyani
Iron roofing sheets for house construction
Restocking my beauty shop
Expand my shoemaking business
Fees and class materials for my university degree
New laptop for my pub's accounting needs
Products and renovations for my salon
Mobile banking capabilities for my clothing business
Purchase baking tools and cooking materials
Rice and maize flour for my grocery shop
Two more cows to increase dairy productivity
Baby diapers and wipes to resell
Photocopying supplies for my cybercafe
Joseph Harry Aly
Medicines, herbal creams, and more shelves for my chemist
Equipment & labor for my ironwork construction business
New computers to increase traffic at my cybercafe
House renovation & inventory of bananas for my shop
Bales of shirts and trousers for my clothing shop
Charles Mwangi Waiya
Brand-new sugarcane juicing machine for my juice business
Mesh, wool, and other materials for making door mats
Loan to buy laboratory equipment
Restocking my copying/printing and textbook business
Osteen online shop (pakaian
Opening a new branch of my cybercafe / printing business
Food retail and green groceries
Start another shop with new employee
Third-term school fees for my son and daughter
Zuhura Suleiman Bakari
Easier client transactions (M-Pesa) for my graphic design business
Drum machine for my music production business
School supplies & textbooks for my stationery business
Selling clean gas cooking fuel
Add mobile accessories to my mobile-money transfer business
Bales of quality clothing to expand my boutique
Mattresses & blankets to restock my bedding shop
Electric potato peeler for my snack take-away business
Laptops and accessories for my computer retail business
Loan to purchase a brand-new generator
Ben Harry Tay
Stock grains and vegetables
I will buy rice, cooking oil, and eggs.
Loan to expand my businesses.
Reselling second-hand bags to put myself through school
Selling watches to get my school fees
We transfer 100% of your donation to low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The entrepreneurs develop businesses or acquire education to improve their earnings
Entrepreneurs repay the loans, and the repayments are used to fund new loan projects.