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What the press have said:

Local Press

Sage Accounting -  Online Blog - "Running a charity, different from running a business?" -

Somerset Guardian  - "Charities Share Church Fete Windfall" -


Business Leader Magazine -

Bristol Business News - 'Changing Lives Through Technology' -

Bristol 24/7 Magazine - Deki Founder, Vashti Seth, tells Bristol 24/7 her 5 Bristol Favourites

Bristol Post

Western Daily Press -

Bristol Business News
Total Bristol

Visit Bristol

Good Lab South West

Women outside the Box

Western Daily Press

Bristol Post

Bristol Post
"Sefton Park Primary School has raised a record amount for charity in the spring 2014 Deki Tenner Tournament. Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils raised an amazing £2,410, more than any school in any previous tournament.”

Bristol Post, 7 April 2014 -

Bristol Property Live, Issue 153, 21 November 2013
“Deki offers people in Africa training and microloans to set up businesses and work their way out of poverty.”

We Are Family Magazine, Issue Winter 2013
“The UK’s first person-to-person micro-loans charity is seeing a rise in support from the LGBT community since controversy arose linking their main competitor to a homophobic religious organisation.”

Bishopston Voice, Issue 11, November 2013
“A Bristol-based charity is calling on local, aspiring entrepreneurs to take part in a tournament, which will help change lives in the developing world.”

Primary Times, Issue 178, 2 September- 25 October 2013
“This November, Bristol charity ‘Deki’ is launching an enterprising challenge for schools by encouraging pupils to make as much money as possible from £10. Named the Tenner Tournament, the idea is to engage and inspire students, while honing their entrepreneurial skills and changing the lives of people in the developing world.”

Bristol Post, July 24 2013
Bristol Post have featured our CEO and founder Vashti Seth. In response to question what Vashti enjoys the most, she answers: “Hearing news on how we have helped our lenders turn their lives around.

The Scottish Herald, 15 December 2012 -
“Founder Vashti Seth, a former film production manager who was inspired on a visit to India in 2006, says Deki has helped improve life for more than 8000 people in, Ghana, Nepal, Togo, and Malawi. which has had a particular interest for Scottish supporters.

We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face blog, 11 May 2012 -
“Tots 100 have recently launched Time to Share, which aims to raise awareness of smaller charities, publicise volunteering opportunities and of course raise funds, by getting bloggers involved. I’ve been paired up with Deki, which is the first UK person-to-person microloans charity; Instead of giving ‘aid’ they give loans to people from Togo, Malawi, Ghana and Nepal so that they can set up or expand their own businesses and access training and support – this allows people to preserve their dignity, as they are not receiving a hand-out, but a fair loan that needs to be repaid."

Alexandra Stedman, The Frugality blog, 4 April 2012 -
“A year ago, I came across this amazing website called DEKI, and it is a charity website like no other. It is based on giving to people in poverty who want to set up their own business. Some are hairdressers, some have a cleaning product business and you don’t donate, your money goes towards a microloan to help them set up their business.”

Karen Msiska, The Daily Times 19 December 2011
Individuals pursuing small and medium scale businesses in Usisya in Nkhata Bay [Malawi] have started getting interest-free loans on Friday following the launch of a loan scheme aimed at rendering them self-sufficient. "These loans are aimed at helping individuals to live a life out of poverty through setting up of micro-entrepreneurship activities or boosting those that are already in existence,” said Temwa Director Tonderai Manoto.

Suzanne Savill, Evening Post, 3 December 2011 -

Robert Buckland, Bristol Business News, 20 October 2011 -
“Nick [Park, Deki's patron], a four-time Academy award-winner for his Bristol-made Aardman-produced films said: “It’s such a simple idea – to connect individual people in this country to individuals in some of the world’s poorest countries so they can offer first-hand, direct support.” - ‘Oscar-winner Nick Park lends his support to Bristol micro loan charity’

‘NumboJumbo’, forums 2011
“I’m a big fan of micro finance and have been on the look out for an alternative to Kiva where the loans were transacted in British sterling. At last, I’ve found one. It’s called Deki…”

Anna Britten, Venue Magazine 2010