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

You can help change that.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create an income, so that they can afford to put food on the table, educate their children and afford medical care.

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 extreme poverty.

1.

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, breaking the cycle of poverty.

2.

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.

3.

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.

4.

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.

5.

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.

Deki's Story

Our founder, Vashti Seth, is passionate about harnessing entrepreneurial spirit to change the world.

During time spent travelling the developing world, Vashti saw the entrepreneurial spirit as a common thread in the people she met. 

They:

– used innovative solutions to make the most of their limited resources
– had the ability to see around the problems in front of them
– worked with their communities to do everything they could to put food on the table for their families. 

Vashti was inspired to help change the life of a Tibetan refugee called Deki Dolkha and in 2009, founded the charity.

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 hand outs. 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. By focussing on resourcefulness, developing an innovation mindset and connection to community we can all make the most of what we have.

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.

Your support will empower Deki entrepreneurs to :

  • Access microloans, receive business and financial management training
  • Develop sustainable livelihoods, make better business decisions and even employ others in the community
  • Empower women by giving them greater involvement in household finances, increasing their leadership power at home and in the community
  • Send their children to school and help secure their future
  • Provide their family with more than one nutritious meal a day

The remote communities that we work with are looking for opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods.

They work hard growing crops and rearing livestock for their families, and running small-scale market stalls selling basic food items, vegetables and artisan goods.

Without access to financial services, business management and financial literacy training, our entrepreneurs are stuck in poverty. You can empower them to create a more profitable, stable livelihood, to raise their families out of poverty.