Deki Launches Bristol Businesses Against Poverty

Deki Launches Bristol Businesses Against Poverty

February has been a great month, by partnering up with businesses in Bristol, Deki has demonstrated how a local community can pull together to help fight poverty in Africa. On Thursday 12th February a bespoke initiative coordinated by the charity was launched full throttle to engage companies with international development. Taking place at Friska, Deki’s award winning partner, the event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Alastair Watson, Stephen Williams, Bristol West’s Liberal Democrat MP, as well as Steve West, the Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of West of England.

Our founder and CEO, Vashti Seth, invited businesses all across Bristol to team up with Deki in tailored partnerships to battle poverty in Africa. Such partnerships are a fantastic opportunity for businesses and Deki, as for-profit and not-for-profit organisations have a lot to learn from each other. Working with businesses has already been hugely successful for Deki, Ocean Estate Agents have now pledged to donate £10 for every house they sell or managed property they let. Griff Holland, Co-Founder of Friska and partners of Deki since 2012, offers a daily ‘Deki dish’. He said: “the partnership has had a really positive impact on the business.”

Sustainable waste and recycling company, Ecosurety, monumentally raised £3,800 for Deki by taking part in our Tenner Tournament. Six teams took part in our entrepreneurial exercise, in which the challenge is to turn a £10 Deki loan into as much profit as possible. The aim of the tournament is to encourage the participants to access their inner entrepreneur, with Deki provided training and a focus to raise as much money as possible. James Potten, MD of Ecosurety, noted that the challenge presented “an opportunity to achieve both charity support and excellent training for staff.”