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:
Rice and cooking oil business
Carolyne Jerono Lagat
Business development tempeh chips
To purchase more electrical parts for my shop
Mary Asafo Agyei
Loan to buy photocopy machine
Grocery and shop retail inventory
Loan to buy inventory for men and women's clothing retail
Loan to boost my business.
I want to buy more medicines for my chemical shop
Atta Boakye Stephen
Small-scale medicine production
Selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Improve my boutique shop
John Muriu Njuguna
Inventory of handbags, bracelets and diapers
To purchase more shoes and belts for my shop
Increasing electronics stock
Entrepreneur selling clothing & footwear
Loan needed to help buy more stock for my provisions business
Raise money to open a cybercafe
Stock for my shop
Yaa Agyapong Agyeiwaa
Loan for apartment & jewelry-making workspace
I will use it to buy parts so that it will help me in my jo.
Bathing shanpoo, cooking oil, and cooking utensils
Clifford Baidoo Nketiah
Increase inventory for my bookstore business
Increasing the number of my smart phones
A loan to improve my business to support my education.
Transfer Airtel money
Hamado Marcel Conseiga
Kyeremeh Benjamin Frimpong
Need chairs and small tables for my entertainment center
New mobile phones & electronics
Refurbishing the office space for my graphic design business
Laptop for trading in imported goods
Emmanuel Tampuri Azurago
Buy two piglets and add stock to my salon
Renovating my "tuktuk" taxi
To buy feed for my sheep
Loan to start my mushroom farm.
Loan to expand my provisions shop
Expanding my a room for my business.
Expand my beauty work
Maize and beans for my ceareal shop
Repair of three motor bikes
Loan for educational support
Opening a new printing shop
Evans Ansu Amponsah
Photocopier machine for my studio
Exavier Jean Lucinor
Chest freezer for my snacks business
Saint Louis Jean Fritz
Phones and accessories (buy-sell)
Rimyide Honore Tenkodogo
Additional capital for electricity & accessories for mobile phones
Loan to buy bales of second-hand clothes and shoes
Loan for cereals business & M-Pesa agency
Loan for more float for my M-Pesa business
Music recording studio
My salon business
Desktop computers for writers services
Zidisha make me big
Install air-conditioning in my beauty salon
Sale of ice water, cereals and sugary drinks
Ict resource centre
Materials and license to start a beauty school
Distributing clean LPG cooking fuel
Laptops & phones for selling
Mirrors for my beauty salon
Fatoumata Odette Soma
Build a hangar
Loan to buy more fish and meat
Loan to expand my shop
Seed and labor for my expanded farming
Electronics for my electronics shop.
Purchase of an oxyacetylene gas burner set forour garage
Loan to help my computer software programming
Lawrence Lawer Nartey
Green Valley Dairies
Canned beef, tomatoes, soap and other stock for my shop
Increase clothing stock & add menswear
Washing machine for my hotel laundry work
Three hairdryers for my salon
Foodstuffs and provisions shop
Mobile phone accessories
Happy Shirts House
Making bar soaps and other detergents
Adding mixed and zero grazing farming to my poultry business
Upgrade my boarding house and purchase more charcoal
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.