Sponsor Microfinance: Empower Small Businesses

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Hawa and her kids
Hawa and her kids

In the last report, we intriduced you to Hawanatu (Hawa for short), a single mother, small business owner who benefitted from the funds YOU donated.  The funds helped her restart her business - where she buys rice by the bag and then retails it.  Buying rice retailed in this way is common for people who do not have the resources to buy a full-sized bag

We talked a bit further with Hawa - and she was full of gratitude.  We also got the opportunity to see her in action - where she sells rice and chats with a customer.  Be sure to watch the video as you can see some local color- scenery from Wellington, a suburb of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In the video, Hawa says a big "Thank You" to YOU for your support.  Your kindness helped make it possible for her to purchase the rice and restart her business. Because of YOU she is now happy, busy and back in business.  She is now able to provide for herself and her children. Thanks so much for helping her get back on track.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount - up to $1000 - will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to provide a hand up and microfinance funds for people like Hawa.

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of small businesses in Africa!

Hawa says thanks
Hawa says thanks
Hawa shows us a cup of rice
Hawa shows us a cup of rice


Hawa starts a rice business
Hawa starts a rice business

Good news - we together have once again helped to change the course of life of one more person.  A months or so ago, we got to hear of the desperate situation that Hawa was in.  Thankfully, we were able to help turn her life around and bring new hope 

Hawa is a mother of three children but lost her husband five years ago. She lives in a single bedroom zinc house with no running water and electricity. The floor in her room is not pave and this has been a source of sickness for her children. She is the sole provider of the home. She does domestic work like laundry and cooking for people in the community. Whatever she earns from people she uses it to raise her children. The present hardship in Sierra Leone is making things difficult for Hawa and her children. Domestic jobs are scarcely available now.

Hawa wanted to start a rice business - buying rice in a large bag and then retailing this by cup.  This practice is common in Sierra Leone.  

From the funds that YOU donated, we provided her with a bag of rice and a big bowl to help launch her business.  You can see this in the attached photo.

Thanks to your support, Hawa is now a happy woman.  Joshua, our local Coordinator, reports that she is no longer idle. She is now productive - selling rice to help take care of her children She was so grateful for the support you have provided - bringing an income stream and support to her family. 

Its heart warming to be in a position to bring hope - and help to change the world one person at a time.  We are truly grateful for your support that made this possible.

Let's take this to the next level: Hawa would love to expand her business and we would like to help her with additional seed money that will help her provide / sell complimentary condiments.  There is a definite demand for this in her community and your support can make this possible.  Could you make a donation of $25 or more today towards this?  This would further help Hawa raise her family and eradicate poverty. 

Let's together make poverty a thing of the past in Hawa's life - make your donation today!  Thanks for your support.


Have you noticed that the news lately seems to be dark and gloomy ?  We have too.  Bad news can be depressing -  so here is some good news to hopefully brighten your day.

Our good news comes in the form of a brief video message from Isatu, a beneficiary of Business Training and microfinance Funds.  In her YouTube video, Isatu expresses her appreciation to you for the support you have provided.  As she says in the video - "I deeply appreciate it. ... I thank really God and you for what you have done to us."  

The support we provided was definitely a welcome lifeline.  
It provided the business training that she needed to be successful and the funds she needed to start her business. 

Her video reminded me of 2 things

1.  Never take life, people or things for granted.  They may be here today ... and gone tomorrow.

2.  Always remember that we are influential - that what we do means so much to others.  

Together we continue to be a powerful influential force - helping to turn the tide - bringing hope, one life and family at a time.  That is awesome!  That is good news worth sharing - how we are changing lives together!

Can you help us share this good news by sharing this report / email with your friends and family?  Let's spread some cheer and brighten everyone's day!

We need your help to provide more training and funds to deserving women.  Your donation today of $25 or more will help make this happen.  Please make your best donation now!

Can you help us empower other women like Isatu?  A great way to do so is to create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving.  Through the fundraiser, you will help raise funds for more training.  This is a fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  

Thanks so much for all you do!


Olivette - Microfinance beneficiary
Olivette - Microfinance beneficiary

Dear friends and supporters

We are delighted to share with you a video from Olivette, a very grateful beneficiary. Olivette went through the business training course and received a microfinance loan that you helped provide.  In this video she says a big thank you to YOU

She tells us that through the support we have provided, we have done a lot in the lives of her family members.  On behalf of a group of beneficiaries, she states that support provided has made a lot of difference in the lives of the families of the beneficiaries and their individual lives.

Watch the video

Olivette explains that she has been blessed tremendously.  She has 4 kids and wasn’t working.  Things were really bad and she was in school.  Through the support we provided in the form of scholarships and microfinance loans, she has been able to run a small business and buy the needed things for her kids and raise her family.

She says through the video: “I only want to say thank you to them and to let them know that whatever they’re giving it’s not going in vain, we appreciate it, and we are blessed.  The lives of our children have been transformed. It has made a lot of difference.”  Wow!  What a testimony of the impact that YOU have made.  You make this happen.

It's heart-warming to hear of the transforming impact of YOUR donations.  It is great to know that what we are doing is fruitful and strengthening lives.

She concludes by saying: “thanks to all the people who made it possible for us to lift up our heads and walk proudly.  May God bless you. May God bless all of you that are doing these things for us."

Are you looking for a way bring a smile to the face of a special woman in your life?

Starting now through May 13, GlobalGiving is giving away $5 for every donation made as a gift (using a GlobalGiving tribute card). And to make this even better,  they’re offering two $1,000 bonus awards: 1 for the most money raised and another for the most donors. 

Please share this wonderful campaign with your family and friends!

You can help Develop Africa provide more microfinance loans with a special gift today.   Thanks for helping make a difference!

YOU are the reason we are all so grateful!



Jariatu - Microfinance beneficiary
Jariatu - Microfinance beneficiary

What's the evidence of success - in terms of changing lives? I submit 2 criteria for your consideration:

1.  To be able to hear this directly from the beneficiary himself or herself.  This means that the beneficiary has done a self-assessment and is able to experience and express the impact, change and transition.

2.  To be able to see / hear of the on-going impact, after a year or two. In other words, to be able to see that the change is lasting and not just a flash in the pan / temporary fix.

This is the sum of Jariatu's video testimony where she explains that that through the funds that she has received, she runs a cookery business (a small local restaurant selling rice and local dishes). Through the proceeds of this business, she is able to pay school fess for her children and take care of other household needs.  She has been doing this for 2 years now and has no debt.

Change is not change until it is verifiable and permanent change.

Thank you for being a part of Jariatu's story, for helping to effect verifiable, lasting change. This is what changing lives is all about and we are so grateful for your support that made this possible.  With Jariatu, we says a big "thank you" to you - the GlobalGiving donors - that helped to provide the funds for her business.

Taking Our impact to The Next Level: In the video Jariatu expresses a desire for additional funds to enable her to buy the supplies she needs wholesale (rice and oil).  Can you join us and help make this happen for her? We are hoping to provide new loans to many more small business owners in early 2013 - and your donation of $30 a month will help us do that.  Your support is needed and important because it will help provide a life-line of independence to many families.  Knowing that we can count on your $30 or more each month will provide ongoing progress - helping us to provide for the entire community.  Your recurring donations will be a predictable stream of income, making it easier for us to plan financially.

Right now
is a great time to sign up for a recurring donation as during the month of December, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor.  Your recurring donation could also help us win a $500 bonus award!  You have to sign up now in order for your donation to count during this campaign. Thanks for your support!

Sign up now - start your recurring donation - helping to provide many more loans!


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Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States