590 million people live below the poverty line in sub-Saharan Africa.
You can change that!
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to create an income, so they can afford to send their children to
school, access medical care and eat regular meals.
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 re-lent, 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.
We provide access to ethical micro-loans, alongside business and community development training. Focusing on women, we provide gender rights education, empowering women to become leaders in their homes and communities and becoming role models for the next generation.
We enable donors in the UK to have a direct impact by sponsoring groups, enabling members to get their businesses off the ground and keeping donors updated with personalised reports.
We multiply a sponsors impact by re-lending a group member’s loan repayments, helping more and more communities to begin their journey out of poverty.
The Deki Story
In 2009, Vashti Seth founded Deki, after she was inspired to change just one girl’s life – a Tibetan refugee named Deki Dolkha.
Deki Dolkha, was aged just 4, when she 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 and this is where Vashti’s father, Johnny Richards, met her and then sponsored her through school. Vashti often heard him talk about Deki Dolkha and after his death, she continued sending her money and eventually decided to visit her in India.
Deki Dolkha, now aged 17, was trapped in a cycle of poverty, and reliant on hand outs. Vashti realised there were thousands of other women in the same position, all needing to be given an opportunity to move forwards. All Deki needed was the opportunity to work her way out of poverty.
Vashti founded Deki to create financial opportunities for people who were unable to access the formal financial services.
By giving entrepreneurs access to micro loans, they were now able in invest in their businesses to help them grow and see profits.
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.
Working closely with our field partner, IADES, we have created a 12 week training programme which includes courses on inventory management, customer relations, product promotion and the dangers of selling on credit.
The training programme is vital to ensure that all of our Deki entrepreneurs are well equipped to manage their loans confidently and responsibly. We aim to give them all the tools that they will need in order to be successful in their business.
Running alongside the business training, IADES runs health and social issues workshops. In these workshops, community groups are taught about malaria prevention, water related diseases and women have a workshop about how to check for breast cancer and how to open up about their fears surrounding it.
There are also women’s rights workshops and talks about the necessity of schooling for children and the importance of making regular savings.