Hope your year is going well. Its with joy that we share a video testimonial by Seray - one of the female beneficiaries that we have together helped by providing microfinance funds. Seray is a repeat recipient of microcredit funds.
In the video Seray expresses her gratitude to Develop Africa and its partners (that includes YOU and other GlobalGiving donors) who have helped to provide the funds. The video was recorded during a business training session offered to fund recipients - as part of the support provided to help them succeed. In the video you can see some of the other training session participants.
As Seray explains in the video, the fund provided has "really helped me - taking me from where I was to where I am now. At least, it has helped me with my business, all through out the year, last year. ... It also helped me open a bank account. ... I bless God for the people that initiated this idea. I bless God for the partnership that was able to choose me to benefit from this funding. I pray that that God will bless them in whatever they are involved in and their families."
You must be the change you want to see in the world - Mahamta Gandi It's exciting to read, hear about and be a part of making change happen. We are truly together helping to transform Africa - one life at a time. This is exciting and life-transforming. By helping to provide these funds and training we are being the change we want to see.
Want to help be a part of making more change happen? A great opportunity is just a few days away. Starting at 12:00 am EDT on March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org (including this project) up to $1,000 per donor at 30%.
This means that your donation of $100 will be supersized and become $130! $1000 will become $1300. This is an amazing opportunity to make your donations go even further and help us do even more. We would so very much appreciate your support - that will provide many more loans to beneficiaries like Seray. Thanks for your support.
Want an email reminder: simply send us an email at info - at - developafrica.org and we will send you a reminder on March 14th.
It is with great joy that I share the story of Isata. Thanks to your support, we together have helped to enhance her business and improve the standard of living of her family.
Madam Isata is an illiterate petty trader, who has never had the opportunity to attend any educational institution. She lives in Bo, Sierra Leone. She has nine children (3 boys and 6 girls). Isata struggles to educate her children. The eldest child is preparing for his public (WASCE) examination. The school costs including books, school fees, uniforms are burdensome on Isata. The father of her children is alive, but he is an additional burden to the nine children as his salary as low rank police officer is a pittance for the maintenance of the family.
Isata is engaged in cookery sale (cooked rice, foofoo, boiled cassava and beans) as an income generating activity to take care of her family and educate her nine children. Isata makes a profit of Le 50,000 (about $12) per day. She carries out her business in a rented shack for which she pays about $4 per month. Isata has been in this business for five years. Originally, each day due to lack of money, Isata would buy the food items in small quantities (rice by cup, palm oil by pint, fish by measure, etc.) to sustain her business. The low profit margin put the sustainability of her business at a high risk. Isata therefore needed micro finance to expand her business, by buying rice by bag, palm oil by bata (five – gallon container, fish by basket, etc.) to maximize profit, which she could plough back into the business for sustainability as well as being able to take good care of her children.
Thanks to the funds donated, Isata received an interest-free loan and has been able to buy her cooking supplies at wholesale - which has immediately increased her bottom line. She is very grateful to Develop Africa and all GlobalGiving donors for supporting her with micro finance to enhance her business and improve the standard of living of her family. Thanks so much for your support!
Make a Donation Today - Great Way to Help Change Lives: Giving towards microfinance is a great way to help small businesses grow and become independent. Study after study confirms this and we have together been able to strengthen many businesses. Your donations are making a definite difference and positive impact to the lives of women and families. By donating to this project - you are doing the greatest good and bringing permanent change! Its heart-warming to have this opportunity to help influence destinies and we welcome your on-going support. Together we can empower many more women / small businesses.
We would like to share with you 2 specific points that are of note - as follows:
1. We are continually encouraged by the steady progress that our microfinance beneficiaries are making. Loan repayments are on schedule for the majority and the funds have introduced income stability and progress.
2. The Bo women's group of recipients are working together as a team - more than we have ever experienced before. Typically, the beneficiaries meet periodically to discuss progress - but the Bo group is a lot more cohesive. They existed as a group before funding and have continued to be self-supporting - chipping in and helping each other through cycles of labor need.
During my visit in May, I observed them at work together, as they helped fill packets of water. They also spend time regularly discussing progress, issues and challenges. This approach has helped them succeed in the midst of a "tight" economy. This is a key improvement opportunity that we are sharing with other beneficiaries. Team work does make a difference. As the saying goes - this group, united is standing strong.
Worldwide, we are all a part of this team as we have significantly contributed through our donations to their success. Their success is our success and we celebrate and thank you for your on-going support.
Meet Catherine: Catherine is a hardworking mother of one child, who is now in the university. Apart from her only child Catherine also has other mouths to feed. She is responsible for the maintenance of her household.
Catherine is a fishmonger (smoked fish) and has been in this business for over 15 years. She gets her commodity from the fishing communities in the Bo environs. The sale of her business is slow and she makes a profit of about $36 per month, which is not sufficient to expand her business and take care of her home. Catherine needed microfinance funds to expand and diversify her business to maximise profit, which she can plough back into the business for sustainability as well as being able to take good care of her children.
Catherine is very grateful to Develop Africa and GlobalGiving for supporting her with microfinance to enhance her business and improve the standard of living of her family. Through providing micro-credit or micro finance funds, we are together improving the standard of living of families, one family at a time.
We would also be deeply grateful if you could consider signing up for a recurring donation of $10.00 or more monthly. This would be a tremendous support as we invest into the lives of these families in Africa. Thanks friends for your on-going support!
We are delighted to be able to share with you a video testimonial from Peter, one of the microfinance beneficiaries that has been impacted by the funds you have provided. Be sure to click on the link - Video Testimonial - Peter .
Peter explains in the video that because of the training and the growth of his business, he is now able to provide for himself and his family of 5 children. He says additionally: "Well its really helped me and because of that help I can now teach others on how to run a business." In other words, the impact of the training that you have helped provide, is being multiplied when he shares his knowledge with other people. During additional training sessions that we have held, Peter has shared his experience and valuable lessons learned with new beneficiaries. Thanks to you his business continue to grow and each cycle he qualifies for a new, larger loan.
Peter rounds up the video with the following words: "For Develop Africa, Globalgiving and other donor and partners, I do not even know how to begin to express my appreciation. We appreciate everything their goodness and all they do for us - because they do not know us and yet they have gone to so much trouble to help us. They have contributed greatly to our success. They help our children and family as well. I pray God blesses them and their families and continue to provide for them more and more in whatever they do."
Peter could not have sent it better and we echo his appreciation to you, our Globalgiving donors. We deeply appreciate your past and on-going support - as we plan towards a new session that will take place in February or March. Please take a few minutes to make a donation today that will help us impact many more lives. Thanks for your support - and please share this with your friends.
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