2013 was a busy and at times a challenging year for lendwithcare. It was also a hugely successful one thanks to your continuing support.
- Our lender community almost doubled and we reached the 15,000 lender mark just before the close of the year
- We made 60,000 loans, lending just over £2m to poor entrepreneurs across the world
- We started working in Pakistan, Zambia and Malawi
- We funded our first social enterprise loans in an effort to reduce air pollution in Metro Manila
Lendwithcare was also covered extensively in the media, including pieces in the Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Times and the Daily Express. Click here to see them.
However, as the situation in the Philippines reminds us, our work is by no means done. It is more important than ever to help individuals and communities rebuild their lives, especially after natural calamities such as Typhoon Haiyan.
Just before the Christmas Holidays we received news that 38 lendwithcare entrepreneurs have been adversely affected by the typhoon and so, their repayments have been paused until an appropriate rehabilitation plan has been developed. Tracey Horner, Head of Lendwithcare, will be travelling to the Philippines in a few days to meet with our partner there and with the entrepreneurs who have been affected to help devise the plan to help them. We will keep you informed.
In 2014 we expect, with your ongoing support, to help more and more micro entrepreneurs to improve their lives and those of their families.