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.
Based in Lomé, the capital of Togo, IADES is a not for profit association 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 loans to people living and working in the remote area of Garu, 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.
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 go to both female and male refugees who live in rural communities in South Sudan and Uganda, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day.