Where Deki Works
We know that the best way to bring about permanent change is to work with local experts. That’s why we work with partner organisations in the field who share our passion for change. Field Partners are either charities or socially motivated organisations who use their local knowledge to administer ethical loans and secure high quality financial and business training for our entrepreneurs.
Our field partners do charge interest, in order to cover their running costs. This is vital to ensure their sustainability and is something Deki works very closely with field partners to monitor. The interest rates need to be high enough for the field partners to be sustainable (but not make a profit) and low enough for them to be affordable to the entrepreneurs. We haven’t listed the rates as they are subject to change but if you want to know more please get in touch deki at deki.org.uk (You can read more about microfinance and interest rates by clicking this link)
With Deki you can make small, ethical, life-changing loans to those in remote and forgotten communities. 100% of your loan will go to your chosen entrepreneur. Lend now for as little as £10.
New Home is one of our most remote field partners. They are based in Kasese, a mining town in Western Uganda. Whilst it is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty the town itself suffers from very high levels of deprivation. New Home is committed to supporting the most impoverished people in Kasese, such as the disabled, young single mothers who are at risk, widows, orphans and young people who have little or no education.
The Mama Bahati Foundation (MBF) is based in Iringa, central Tanzania. Set up in 2007 by the former Archbishop, MBF offers business training, microloans and savings plans. MBF helps women in rural communities, and have extended their reach to the remote districts of Kilolo and Mufindi. By supporting women, MBF help women gain independence, feed their families and pay school fees – MBF has helped over 5,000 women grow their businesses and provide for their families.
Togo ranks 168th out of 188 countries for one of the worst places for women to live, so it's no surprise that IADES focus is on providing 90% of it's loans to women. Based in Lomé, the capital of Togo, they are a not for profit MFI (Micro finance institution) working towards improving the lives of the poor, especially women. They offer microloans. savings plans, business training and accountancy to farmers, traders and those engaged in animal husbandry. IADES also considers it important to provide health education on preventing AIDS, malaria and other diseases to improve the health among the disadvantaged.
BESSFA provides agricultural and small trading loans to people living and working in the very remote area of Garu, in Upper East Ghana. This region is very dry and has largely been stripped of its natural resources, resulting in the desertification of much of the land. Deki works with BESSFA to provide loans to farmers whose work has been badly affected by environmental destruction. Even a loan as small as £30 can life changing for a farmer in this area as it can provide seeds and basic irrigation tools.
Siza Capital is based in Soweto, a township on the outskirts of Johannesburg in South Africa. As one of the biggest urban areas in the country, over 40% of the population of Soweto are unemployed. Deki and Siza work together to provide loans to those from disadvantaged communities, especially young people and women.
St Joseph’s is based in Jirapa, Upper West Ghana. This is one of the poorest parts of Ghana. The majority of people living in this area rely on agriculture to make a living and lack the resources to pull themselves out of poverty. Deki works with St Joseph’s to provide agricultural loans. We help disadvantaged farmers improve the productivity of their farm.
Temwa works in Northern Malawi, one of the remotest and most disadvantaged areas of the world. There is limited or no electricity, running water and the population is severely affected by the AIDS epidemic. Deki loans go to the most vulnerable people in this area, including those with HIV or AIDS, people caring for those with HIV or AIDS, people who have adopted orphans, and female-headed households.
A half-century of civil war in Sudan has left families devastated. Hope Ofiriha was set up by twelve widows on a mission to empower other women to re-build their lives and support their children. Deki loans originally went to women only as over 50% of men had been killed in the war and the women had no way of supporting themselves. However, now loans have started to go to second generation male refugees (son's of the widows) who live in rural communities in Uganda, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day.