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:
Adding inventory and distribution for my food supplies store
New Livestock for Poultry Farm
Education fees and stock for my shop
To start mobile banking, airtime and electricity token sale
Inventory of maize
Add a Photocopy Machine to My Stationery Shop
Modern shaving machines and other equipment for barbershop
Martin Fundi Mwaniki
Motorbike to aid transport for my chips business
Purchase of new chickens to expand poultry farm
Bulk flour & baking products for bakery business
Ernestina Konadu Ofori
Improve my stock of cereals
Loan to purchase duvets and blankets for sale.
Purchase of Two Laptops & Printer to Expand Retail Shop Business
Happiness foods and roll maize
Sales of clothes - in shop & mobile
Buying a used car to resell
Loan for new broiler stock
Gladys Nyawira Gachomba
Loan to buy cosmetics & perfumes
Acquire new premises & equip the space for freelance staff
Purchasing another computer
Buying class room desks for my school
Generator for my cafe
Strength-training equipment for professional football player
School fees to join college
Modern zero grazing unit for my dairy cows
Mobile phone payment service center
Loan to repair my Canon photocopier machine
Evans Ansu Amponsah
Open an office for my online freelancing service
Purchase of Motorbike to Support Kids Product Business
Financial Support Needed to Expand Clothing Retail Business
Tuition fee for my university degree
Financial Loan to Expand Clothing Sales Business
Buy a new computers and photocopied machine
Raising cocoa seedlings to cater for my wards' education
Purchase of New Electrical Accessories Inventory for Electrical Shop
Purchase of New Sewing Materials for Fashion Design Shop
Abdul Rahaman Alhassan
Financial Assistance to Support Mobile Based Money Transfer Business
Purchase of New Computer Accessory Inventory
Expansion of Cybercafe Business
Loan to buy more foodstuffs to sell
Educational toys and decorations for children
Buying bales of second-hand clothes
Martha Namachanja Wafula
Purchase of New Inventory of Beads and Jewels for Women
Hajia Alaamatu Fusseni
Financial Assistance to Build Salon Business
Zuhura Suleiman Bakari
Loan to be able to stock goods into my provisions shop
Financial Assistance to Pay for Daughters' Educations
Loan to purchase a new freezer
Loan to buy more provisions for my store
Loan to purchase an automatic egg incubator
Loan to purchase an Epson A3 printer
Increase my capital in my livestock business
Salihu Arimiyawu Sariki
Big pillows and sheath to meet market demand
Whisnu Saputra Wibowo
Purchase of New Vehicle to Support Mobile Appliance Business
Samson Muriithi Muthike
Spare parts for my taxi business
George Adu Amponkuruh
Construction of a fodder store
New umbrella, heavy reflective jackets, and front shock
Loan for a generator for my bakery business
Buy a plot of land to expand my poultry farming
Financial Assistance to Support Mobile Money Shop Advertisements
Expanding my phones and accessories business
Coats, shoes, belts, shirts, and ladies dresses too to stock my boutique
Irrigation for my vegetable farm
Loan to buy computer software, maintenance & repair tools.
Inventory of Android phones
Loan for my business selling fruit, and for my university fees
Welder / Iron Working
To buy medicines
Ankomah Philemon Oppong
Loan for mobile-phone airtime business
Solar for my salon
To buy a mini-car to distribute cocoa seedlings to customers
Buying and selling shoes
Support for my provisions shop
Loan to pay my distance learning tuition fees
Expanding my phone business
Beauty supplies for my salon.
Loan for my beauty salon
Bulk fabric for church choir team uniforms
Loan to finance my education
Loan to help pay tuition for university degree in Education
Increasing poultry stock
Add event catering service to my restaurant
Liem Jeffry Santosa
Inventory for motorcycle parts
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.