Wouldn’t we all like to invest in something that gave us Ever Increasing Returns?
It seems too good to be true (and it usually is) but not in this case.
Where will my money be used?
The money we receive will go towards the micro enterprise programs we currently have in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India.
Partner: SERVE Afghanistan
Nasrin and her three daughters had to survive when her husband was killed in the war. She tried to provide food for her children by doing domestic chores but it was not enough. Nasrin was given a cow from SERVE (our partner in Afghanistan) and was shown how to look after it. Eventually the cow became pregnant and after a short period it gave a birth. As a result, she was able to have milk to give to her children and use some to make cheese and ghee to sell at the local bazaar. Part of the project agreement, was for Nasrin to return a heifer to the project. She now has 2 cows and 2 pregnant heifers. She is debt free and has a great small business going.
Partner: National Christian Fellowship of Bangladesh
I was married at 12, divorced at 13. I was sent back in disgrace to live with my family after my husband had an affair. My parents had paid a huge marriage dowry and were struggling to survive. I was forced to become a day labourer and breadwinner for my family. I was only earning 50 taka [less than NZ$1] per day. I continued working in this back breaking job for 15 years.In 2004 I heard about a loan officer who was visiting our village. My first loan was for buying and selling rice in the local market. My second loan was to buy a cow for milk to sell and drink. My dream was to become a midwife as many babies died in my village. I took a loan to cover my training and buy the equipment I needed. I have been a midwife for seven years and delivered 300 babies. Our village now has 100% survival rate. Those 300 children are my legacy to my village and the loans I received.
$50 will provide 5 sanitation loans to cover health hazards.
Partner: Saahasee, India
Laxmi (35) is from a very poor family living in a remote village of Maharashtra. Her childhood was spent taking care of her siblings while her mother went to work. Early marriage brought additional responsibilities which she was not prepared for mentally or physically. After marriage she migrated to Gaytrinagar, a shanty slum in Bhiwandi. Her husband was a labourer and worked as a painter on daily basis. He earned around 1500 Rupees (45NZD) per month which was not sufficient to keep his children fed, clothed and educated. Unfortunately this only source of income was also jeopardised when he fainted at work (he hadn’t eaten for two days) and fell down from a three-storey building. He now has to use a wheelchair and cannot continue in his previous job. A Saahasee field worker encouraged her to join the Sahasee group and take out a loan to start her own Sarees business. (Indian traditional Dress for women). Today her investment is helping her to take care of her entire family.