Become a Force for Good
Our vision is a world where all people prosper. We are committed to helping people to a better quality of life and are are supporting the following initiatives:
Kiva – “loans that change lives”. Kiva allows you to lend to specific entrepreneurs empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
We love these micro-loans. It makes it so easy for anyone to reach out and help someone. For as little as US$25, your donation is pooled with other like minded people from across the world. With so many different categories, you can choose who and what you want to support so it aligns with your values and what’s important to you. Once the money is repaid, you can either re-lend it which is what we do so or you can request it to be returned to you.
We invested US$650 into Kiva loans around 10 years ago.
As at September 2020, this US$650 has now cumulatively financed US$3,850.00 of loans.
We’ve made 136 loans across 31 countries, 10 sectors and 44 different activities. So far we’ve had 4 loans default over this time which accounted for US$83.00. This is a default rate of 2.2% which is very low.
Of course the positive impact these loans have made to women, men, their families and their communities is what this is all about. As the loans are re-paid, we continue to re-lend the money to new entrepreneurs, thus creating a sustainable fund that supports our vision of “a world where all people prosper”.
We hope that by sharing our story it inspires you to become a micro-finance lender too and unite with like minded people from all over the world who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Join here: www.kiva.org.
The Good Samaritan Orphanage – Egypt
This orphanage has been established for special needs children that have been abandoned by their families in Luxor.
Following a visit to Egypt in 2010, Jo was so taken with the people of Egypt that she went on to find a local orphanage to help children to a better quality of life. She wrote a book called “The Call to the Desert” as a way of raising funds to support the orphanage’s running costs and to help in expanding their school to reach more special needs children. She raised US$878 from sales of the book and donations from her clients to assist them in their projects.
She last visited them in January 2012 and was so inspired by the great progress they continue to make. They continue to tackle real everyday issues and now have underway a project to deliver food parcels to very poor villages.