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!
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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.
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Number of projects funded:
Total amount lent:
Paying for a new store room
More acres, fertilizer, equipment for my maize and plantains farm
To complete my house am building
Bulk purchase of items for my provision store
New fashion design materials for my designing shop
Abdul Rahaman Alhassan
Buy deep-fryers for my business
Loan for photocopier machine & pen drives
Parts purchase of machinery two wheels
Pay school fees for my sister and buy chicks for poultry keeping
=== motorcycle parts sales ===
Stock for my business and opening M-Pesa shop
Taekwondo uniforms and supply of training aids
Purchasing scales, a vaccine carrier and other equipment for my pharmacy clinic
More carpet, room dividers, and other goods for my room decoration shop
Computers for cyber café
Loan to add more electronic appliances.
Paul Owusu Asare
Loan for laundries and towls
Loan for expansion of my provision shop and food retail.
Loan to buy planting materials.
Televisions & sound systems for my electronics store and school fees for my son
Samson Muriithi Muthike
Fish storage facility
Managing my commercial bar
A milk ATM (vending) machine for my provisions shop
Sugar for my retail shop
Increasing stock of security systems
Selling clothes for kids
Carolyne Jerono Lagat
Maize flour, cooking oil, sugar and other commodities to stock my shop
Adding plastic bags to my bag sales business and employing a helper
Photo printer, camera and computers for my cybercafe
School fees for my daughters
Inventory of laptop & desktop computers
Renovating my apartment for AirBnB rental
Reginah Mumbi Njiiri
Add stock for my butchery shop
Resale of groundnuts
Purchase of stock
Igwe Simon Peter
Zidisha funding difathas farm
Pond aeration windmills for shrimp farming
Liem Jeffry Santosa
Soft drinks, biscuits, water and candy for my soft drinks shop
Loan to purchase refurbished laptops and tools for my IT-solutions business
Lexer Technology Solutions - additional stock purchase
Stock of phone credit cards
Sale and purchase of new and used mobile phones
Beads, bikini's, pants for my underwear shop
Hajia Alaamatu Fusseni
A commercial oven and mixers to expand my bakery business
Loan to expand my business
Add one more computer to meet the demand of my customers
Inventory of clothing for sale
Money for raw materials to produce skincare products
I intend to clear school fees for one of my children
I will pay my practical work.
MM Store: adding Oreo cookies to supply
Buy more computers for my cybercafé
Buying a second camera for freelance photography
Loan to help me buy inventory for my beauty shop
Mary Wangari Maina
Selling motorcycle parts
Increase my pharmacy stock
Increasing stock of electrical-installation materials & electronics
To purchase supplies to sew African-wear to sell
Marketing local chicken and fish
Samuel's Electrical Shop
Add cattle to my livestock farm
Distributing school supplies for orphans
Buy varieties of rice to resell
Victoria Benewaa Boakye
Loan to help pay my class fees & purchase texbooks
Inventory for my clothing & accessories business
Stocking scratch cards for my mobile-phones business
Inventory of smartphones for my business
Expanding inventory of beauty products
Heat transfer press machine for my printing & branding business
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
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.