Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Empower Small Businesses Through Microfinance
Mariatu and her son
Mariatu and her son

Dear Project Supporters,

It's great to know that you have supported a good cause, but it is even more rewarding to hear from those that have benefited from your generous donations.  Microfinance loans give individuals a hand to get their businesses going or to help them grow their existing businesses.  Your generosity has enabled many different businesses; Mariatu is one of the people to recieve a microfinance loan.

Please check out the video of appreciation from Mariatu.  In the video she says:

"My name is Mariatu, one of the ladies that benefited from the microfinance loans. Fast foods and drinks is the business that the fund was used for. Thank you very much for your support, the loan has been very supportive to me and my son. God bless you."

You can continue to help make a difference by continuing to support microfiannce loans for individuals like Mariatu.  Thank you again for making a difference in Mariatu's and her son's life.

 

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team

Supplies for Mariatu's business
Supplies for Mariatu's business

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Mabinty is so thankful
Mabinty is so thankful

Dear project supporters,

Thanks to your support this project has raised $570 since the last report. Through this support, we have expanded our provision of microfinance loans to additional deserving women like Mabinty.  

Mabinty has started her business - retailing assorted provisions/groceries.  She plans to use the proceeds to cover transportation, buy school supplies etc.

In this linked video,  Mabinty says thank you for her microfinance loan. YOUR support has helped Mabinty look forward to a better future for herself and her family.  We deeply appreciate your support.

We welcome your on-going support in providing full support for other microfinance loans and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

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Sarah with her Hawking business purchases
Sarah with her Hawking business purchases

Dear project supporters,

Thank you for your continued support in providing microfinance loans. Your support recently provided Sarah with a microfinance loan enabling her to advance her retail business.

In this linked video, you can see Sarah with the food supplies that she plans to retail.  She says a big "thank you" to YOU - our donors.  Sarah says in the video:

This business will help me pay for the school fees for my kids and support my husband where his income is inadequate.  It will help me sustain myself. It will help me a lot.  Thank YOU donors - you have changed my life"

This loan gave a new lease of life to Sarah and her family.  It opened a new door of opportunity.

Your support has helped make Sarah and others achieve their business dreams! We deeply appreciate your support.

We welcome your on-going support in providing full support for other microfinance loans and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

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Agnes says "Thank you"
Agnes says "Thank you"

Dear project supporters,

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide a microfinance loan to Agnes. 

Agnes has started her business of purchasing items and selling them on credit. The first set of items that she purchased was several Techno cell phones.  She has sold them and will be receiving funds from the sale in the next 1-2 months. (It is a common practice in Sierra Leone to sell items on credit - where the buyer pays the seller in 1 or more installments over 1 or more months).

She was delighted to receive your support and expresses her thanks in this video

Your support has helped make Agnes and others acheive their business dreams! Thank you so much for your support.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa team  

Agnes shows items she has purchased to sell
Agnes shows items she has purchased to sell

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Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk
Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk

Dear project supporters,

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone.  During this visit, I talked to over 20 young ladies, one on one, at the Creating Pathways Centre. These school-going ladies became pregnant during the Ebola crisis and dropped out of school.  

The ladies told me a bit about themselves and each ended with an appeal.  Many of them requested funding assistance to start a small business.  The business goal is to help them take care of their kids or support their education.  They wanted help to get their lives back on track.

The appeals of these ladies deeply touched my heart.  I listened to story after story of these girls who were destitute and had fallen "between the cracks", so to speak.  They explained their gripping and precarious situation.  Their future looked bleak with no hope and no prospects.

I conveyed to them OUR passion and joint interest. I explained that I would present their situations to you.  I gave them a message of hope - that we would try to assist as many of them as possible.

These ladies are most deserving of our support.  Providing a loan of $100 to $200 would help many them get their lives back on track - and on the path to self-sufficiency.  

It would be phenomenal and life-changing if each one of us could decide to support one of these ladies - around 90 of them in total.  We will connect you with the specific lady that your donation supports. Would you consider doing this today?  

While in Freetown, I distributed microfinance funds to Sarah.  Sarah is married with 3 kids and her husband is currently unemployed.  As you can see in the photos that I took, Sarah, with the funds that I provided, purchased a large bag of powdered milk.  She repacked this into small plastic bags - to be retailed in the market.  These smaller packets of milk are affordable for families living from day to day.  From sales, she will earn enough to feed her family each day.

For Sarah, access to the funds, as in the case of the Ethiopian entrepreneurs, opened up a new door of opportunity. She was exuberant and extended her deep appreciation to YOU.

Thanks again for joining us in changing the course of history of one more family.  Today, Sarah and her family have food on the table, thanks to your support.

Excited about impact opportunities,

The Develop Africa Team

she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
she show us the plastic bag
she show us the plastic bag
Sarah outside her small apartment
Sarah outside her small apartment

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Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
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Sylvester Renner
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Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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