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:
Buy a new star tvs 150
Rent for business location
Nathanael Agyei Bediako
Improve my beautician business
Mercy Brepo Asiedu
Buy farm watering pipes and chemical spraying machine
Chemicals for my agro chemicals store
Funds for my livestock farming
Add two computers to my cybercafe
Computer for my media business
Expansion of poultry farming
Purchase two more new desktop computers
Sam Nyamboki Monyoncho
Expand the business
Hairdressing tools and television for my shop
Improving my shoe-selling business
Cards & other stock for my mobile-money transactions business
Installing electricity in buildings
Purchase of a plot for future investment
Replace Clutch and Brake Discs for My Taxi
Increasing stock for stationery business
More water tanks for delivery to schools
In-demand stationery for my cybercafe
Hair dryer & facial machine for my salon
School fees payment
Tuition for master's in renewable energy technology
To rent an apartment
Cosmetics and beauty shop
Loan to buy new shoe products
Expanding my mobile banking & consulting business
Add stock to my two hardwares
Haeresa Nur Witrumningasri
Wholesale purchase of inventory for my shop
The capital of a small shop
Moch Abdul Rojak
Loan to rent storeroom for my phone shop
Buy a laptop for online store operations
Loan to pay my widow mother's bill.
Books for knowledge
Charles Kofi Kissi
Improve my business
Rent a house baloon (additional cost for fixed the blower)
Karina Ika Fitri
Invest in my shop
Loan to stock my store
Loan for tuition for my last-born brother
Joseph Kamau Muriithi
Stock stock for shop
Mama junior shop
Buy spare parts and tools for repairs to my customers
Addition of timber
Capital for buying new stock(handbags)
Loan to buy vegetables to cultivate, hire labourers, etc.
Purchase of equipments for research project
Buying chairs for my music business
Inventory for food, such as rice maize,oil, drinks and soap.
Car and motor bike brake mechanic
Purchase of sewing machine to enlarge the convection business
Added stock of frozen fish & made chicken coop bigger
Buy cooling machine
New, faster computers for my cybercafe
Encourage helping mothers "
Purchase of family car and transportation business
Reni Iin Sutanti
Buy one more heifers and expand the shed
Funds for circumcision and thanksgiving
To buy a playstation, 2 computers, a motorbike & renovate
To boost my business
Loan to buy bags ,men shirts and women dress
Purchase hair drier and television set for beauty salon shop
Loan to buy medicine
Loan for cake business
To boost my farming project
To add to my Irish potatoes stock & improve my working area
Menqmbah capital clothing business
Egg packaging and shelves
Buy more second hand cloths and home supplies
Bulk-clothing business to fund my education
Buying a refurbished desktop PC
Loan to buy a tailoring machine
To purchase bales of clothing for sale
Restocking my agrovet
Provisions and other goods to sell.
For working capital ... and increase my child"s 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.