We get so excited about empowering others and our micro-financing programmes are a great way of giving people the support that they need to realise their dreams. Through our Empowering programme we seek to serve those who are desperate to have their own business or to manage and run it more efficiently. We work with a person to encourage them to become self-sufficient and help them grow their business, so that they feel a sense of self-worth and purpose. It helps people realise what skills they have, what they can achieve and how they themselves can provide for their families.

Many of the businesses are very small scale and consist of a little stall selling vegetables, samosas or fish. Some others look after chickens and sell eggs, some are tailors, some are carpenters, and some are hairdressers. They are not necessarily businesses on a large scale, how we might think or imagine them, but it’s what helps to keep a family going and helps to provide an income they wouldn’t otherwise have. For some of them, it takes confidence to sit and sell their homegrown vegetables and bread, and the stall very often consists of a plank of wood balanced on bricks or plastic with the goods laid out along it. They don’t have their own shop or even a shop front, or somewhere to lock up their goods at the end of the day. But to this person, it’s something to focus on, work at and value. It’s something our team have worked closely with them on and helped them to put an idea into practice and work at getting it off the ground.

For many businesses this past year, they have truly felt the struggle. It has been beyond difficult and extremely tough decisions have had to have been made all round. Fortunately, here in England, in some situations, we do have programmes and government support to apply for, but in the countries where we work, this just isn’t an option. The same goes for those on our micro-financing programmes with their businesses, but if they don’t sell anything, they don’t eat. Our microfinancing programmes really need your support to help them get back on their feet and to be able to continue with the establishing and running of their businesses. They have worked so hard to build their businesses from nothing, many working really hard to gain a new skill, that to see all their efforts wasted would be completely devastating.

We now want to ask for your help. A donation of £25 will help break the cycle of poverty that so many are facing by helping them and their business have a space at a local market, enabling them to hopefully get back on their feet again. It’s all about giving people a helping hand which will make the world of difference and £25 is all it takes to help make this a reality.

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