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 Bar Mitzvah to Zidisha. 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 loaned again and again to fund new loan projects - truly a gift that keeps on giving!
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Total amount lent:
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
Equipment and service maintenance
Selling handmade furniture
Construct new rooms for my hotel
Expand my pig farm
Spare TV parts and mobile phone flashing toolbox for second hand shop
Laptop computer for work; and a vision check-up
"Fruits For Life" business
Stock for clothing shop
Capital for buying new stock(handbags)
Added capital to second hand clothing business.
Inventory of masaai kikois and lessos to meet the demand.
Mary Wangechi Tharao
Vehicle driving license
Pick-up truck to transport clothing & beauty products
Mirrors, hair dryers, and hair creams for salon
Buying animal feed for farm
Add stock for my M-Pesa, electricity, and Airtel shop
Stock of iPhones for electronics business
Purching of optic fiber cables
Culture of off-season
Abdoula Salam Ouedraogo
Inventory in clothing
Boys and girls wear for my boutique shop.
Carolyne Jerono Lagat
Replace my old computers with new ones
Loan for laptops for second-hand electronics business
Motorcycle parts trade
Purchase of an exhibition shelf to grow a hair extension business
Nathalie Gnidé Traoré
Large refrigerator for drinks in our shop
Motorcycle pieces / need to purchase stock
Supplies material for my hijab business
Commercialization of Gas Bottles
School fees for 2nd child
Yusvina Encin Kuraesin
Food and drinks for restaurant
Loan to retail sale of pain killing drugs.
Selling of clothes to cater my educational expenses.
Additional business capital
More clothes for my boutique
Buying books to sell to schools
Buy mobile phone accessories and chinese mobile phones.
Bales of second-hand clothing to resell
Seeds and livestock for my mixed farm
Supplies and labor for upcoming planting season
Inventory for venture capital to grow
Dwie Fitriyani Fitriyani
Stocking common foodstuffs for my general provisions store
Emmanuel Ben Afful
Bronson S Kipsang
Furniture and water heater for my salon
Additional inventory for my food products business
Expand my shoemaking business
Startup costs for upcoming theatre production
Fees and class materials for my university degree
Two more cows to increase dairy productivity
Fully restock my grocery business
Photocopying supplies for my cybercafe
Joseph Harry Aly
Seeds & laptop for my vegetable farm
Equipment & labor for my ironwork construction business
House renovation & inventory of bananas for my shop
Oil, tinned tomatoes, and rice for my grocery shop
More leather for shoemaking business
Mesh, wool, and other materials for making door mats
Instruments & sound system for my outdoor recreation park
Second-hand shoes (dealer)
Increasing production with farm inputs for new season
More stock for my auto spare shop
Food retail and green groceries
Building a farm house.
Cement, nails and iron sheets for hardware store
Third-term school fees for my son and daughter
Zuhura Suleiman Bakari
Easier client transactions (M-Pesa) for my graphic design business
Wholesale fruits and vegetables for my green grocery
Drum machine for my music production business
Selling clean gas cooking fuel
Add mobile accessories to my mobile-money transfer business
Bales of quality clothing to expand my boutique
Selling mobile phones & MTN money transfer
Mattresses & blankets to restock my bedding shop
Electric potato peeler for my snack take-away business
Laptops and accessories for my computer retail business
Inventory of ladies' bags
Increase health and beauty products
David Muthini Mutiso
Wendy nash airtime business
Armah Wendy Naa Aryeley
I will buy a cement to plaster my kitchen
Loan to expand my businesses.
Stock of electrical supplies for my shop
Additional purchases of motorcycles for store operations
Heri Prasetyo Hartini
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.