590 million people live below the poverty line in Sub-Saharan Africa.

You can change that!

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create an income, so that they can afford to send their children to school, access medical care and eat regular meals.

The Deki Story

Vashti Seth founded the charity in 2009 after being inspired to change the life of a Tibetan refugee called Deki Dolkha. 

Deki Dolkha, aged just 4, was put on the back of donkey cart by her parents and sent to India in the hope that she would have a better chance in life.

Deki ended up in an orphanage founded by the Dalai Lama. Vashti’s father, Johnny Richards, met her there and sponsored her through school. Vashti often heard him talk about Deki Dolkha and after his death, she decided to visit her in India.

Vashti soon realised that Deki Dolkha, now aged 17, was trapped in a cycle of poverty, and so started to send money to her each month. 

But Vashti didn’t want Deki Dolkha to become reliant on handouts. Vashti saw that Deki Dolkha could work her own way out of poverty – she just needed the opportunity to make it happen.

Vashti believes that we can all learn from the enterprising spirit of Deki entrepreneurs.

We all have big dreams, but we don’t all have the opportunity to make them happen.

By investing in Deki you will support an entrepreneur to work their own way out of poverty.

How it Works:

By choosing a community group to sponsor, you will have a direct impact.

Your donation will be converted into microloans that will be repaid and relent, to multiply your impact.

Follow your sponsored community’s journey as they access loans and training helping them to work their way out of poverty.


Afi has a small plot of land where she grows just enough vegetables to feed her family of 10.

She dreams of earning enough money to send all her children to school, 





the cycle of poverty.




Afi wanted to grow more vegetables so she can start creating an income.

But without any spare money, she can’t afford to buy the seeds and compost she needed.

She joined a Village Savings Group and took out a £150 Deki loan. She also received training to improve her farming

and business skills.


At the next harvest, Afi had enough produce to start selling at the market.

She attended further training and a more experienced farmer from the savings group started to mentor her, helping her make the most of her loan.


In the first year, Afi made a 143% profit, allowing her to pay back her loan, buy a new roof and improve her children’s diet.

She continued her training, learning about financial resilience and the benefit of diversifying her business.



Next year she took out a £200 loan, to buy a wider variety of seeds and fertiliser from a local composter.

At the end of the year she made a 180% profit

This is enough to buy some land to expand her plot and even hire an employee from her community.

Her children now have a bright future.




Your donation is a gift that keeps on giving.


90%  of Deki entrepreneurs are women 

Your support will increase women’s power at home and in the community.

Alongside business and community training women receive training on their rights, family planning and how to become leaders within their communities.