Welcome to our latest newsletter!
Our December newsletter is packed with interesting content:
- The simplest, most generous and affordable Christmas Gift delivered in an instant. It’s the perfect answer to those forgotten pressies!
- The impact of your generosity this year – what a difference you’ve made. See the amazing figures.
- Our Christmas Stocking – how your small change can make a BIG difference.
- Supporters’ Hall of Fame – a few examples of our wonderful supporters.
- “Why do you do what you do?” You too may have an ‘Aha?” moment when you answer this profound question.
- How we can help your business grow
- Buy 1 Give 1, a revolutionary portal that’s helping MLF and changing the way people do business across the world…
- Our Schools program
- Exciting prospects as we expand across borders in 2016. Zimbabwe here we come!
- Time on your hands? If you’d like to help us grow please get in touch.
- Our Christmas wish.
It’s a heady list but rest assured I’ve kept it brief and you’ll skim through this in just a few minutes or why not put it by with your holiday reading?
MicroLoan Foundation Australia has it for you. With just $45, you will provide a start-up business loan and training to a women is sub-Sahara Africa she can lift herself and her family from poverty. To learn more about how to ‘Give a hand up, not a hand out’ click on the link and fund a small business today! The Gift Store
We are a very small organisation which has lifted continually well above its weight with our cost of administration and fundraising of 1.4% (historically 3.6%).
Our achievements since we opened in Australia are shown by the statistics below with September Quarter of this Financial Year To Date in brackets (Sept Qtr.):
- MicroLoan Foundation Australia was registered as a charity in September 2008
- Opened our loans office in Mulanje, Malawi in May 2009
- Funds transferred since launch $195,630 (Sept Qtr. $0 with $10,000 going in January)
- No. of loans dispensed 19,911 (Sept Qtr. 649)
- Value of loans disbursed $1,137,817 (Sept Qtr. $50,450)
- Average loan value: $77 – this varies according to currency fluctuations.
- Repayment rate Sept Qtr. 99% – up from the 96% due to the flood impact earlier in the year. (Historically 99.8%)
After the devastation of the floods Malawi is now are now threatened by famine, depressing our loan numbers by 50%.
Currently no wages or salaries are paid and all operations are managed and funded by the Directors with the minimal amount of time.
To see some of our success stories, go to our website.
Put a jam jar on the hall table – or in the workplace kitchen – you’ll be surprised just how quickly you’ll conjure up enough for another MicroLoan and so give another family a hand up to lift themselves from poverty. Simply deposit it into our Westpac account and we’ll do the rest – and send you a gratitude certificate to hang on the wall if you wish – just let us know.
St Ita’s Brisbane Year 5
Our future is in good hands with the like of these committed students – read their story here
This wonderful Gift was from the school’s Year 5 grade level and followed a unit of work that focussed on the 6 R’s of Sustainability: recycle, refuse, repair, rethink, reuse, reduce.
The project was using the brilliant BYOB – Build Your Own Business – style concept where in small groups they mass-produced an item using the focus of sustainability
The children then held a Market Morning and sold their products to parents and the school community and additionally made available containers for Gifts
As part of the project they prepared advertising material to inform the community that the money raised would be given to MicroLoan Foundation Australia.
Annalise from Brisbane celebrated her 8th birthday by sending us $50.35 she’d saved by doing extra chores around the house during the year. What a wonderful spirit, and such a young starter. Her godmother is Carol Haffke (see below) wouldn’t you know it!
Her example inspired one of her ‘aunts’ to match it with another $50.35 to acknowledge Annalise’s generosity.
You’re so thoughtful Annalise!
Carol Haffke is our virtual Ambassador who visited Mulanje a year ago. The proud owner of The Shoe Garden in Brisbane, Carol raises Gifts from each pair of shoes and has sent whopping $3,000 FYTD!
Her passion for MicroLoan Foundation Australia has resulted in her customers also Giving over a $1000 as well.
You’re a star Carol!
Buy 1 Give 1, (see later) have sent us over $2000 this year bringing their total in the past 3 years to over $14,000 – thank you B1G1!
Big hugs from us B1G1!
I can go on and on writing so many wonderful, deserving names but can I just say thank you everyone, you inspire us to do what we do! Without you, we wouldn’t…
Answer this profound question after you’ve watched guru Simon Sinek with the 3rd most popular TED talk – here is a 5 minute version.
For most people we show this to it’s an ‘Aha?” moment – what about you? We’d love to hear.
It’s what drives our supporters as a principle in life as much as in business. And if you enjoy it watch his 18 minute version.
Our human instinct is to support those who support others.
That makes sense doesn’t it?
And it’s proven to help business – legitimately.
As a donor to MLF, we’d like to see you get the recognition you deserve, so contact me and I’ll share more information on how we can do this.
Founded 8 years ago by my one of mentors, Paul Dunn, and his partner, Masami Sato, they are great supporters of MLF and we have benefited with $2000 from them this year and over $14,000 in the last 3 years. Visit https://www.b1g1.com/buy1give1/
Kamaia Harkness our dedicated volunteer has created this brilliant and innovative program that is available for school teachers and students. It comprises a number of curricula-related activities and reprogram which we have now officially launched. To learn more please visit the website.
We’re looking for people who can help us deliver presentations to schools so if you’re excited about microloans and interested in knowing more, send an email to me firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Ryan the inspiring founder and CEO of MicroLoan Foundation from UK has been working tireklelessly for several years to broaden MLF’s reach into Zambia and beyond and as a result we hope to be opening an office in Zimbabwe in 2016.
This is truly exciting news for a number of reasons.
Firstly, and it’s not to say our work in Malawi is done, but we all acknowledge that the hardships suffered in Zimbabwe have been dreadful and we believe we can help.
And especially from a fundraising point of view there are many Australians who came from Zimbabwe and South Africa who I know will be delighted to have a trustworthy organisation they can support who will help those who remain in the country.
We’ll keep you posted.
I am inviting you to join us and become part of our ‘Start Something’ campaign, increasing the impact we can have in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. Malawi is now facing severe drought only 9 months after having suffered a devastating flood leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, with their crops destroyed and facing continued hardship into the foreseeable future.
If you’d like to help us grow please get in touch. Whether it’s in management, fundraising, running an event or simply spreading the word we’d love to hear from you.
Call me anytime on 1300 960 136.
We wish you all a wonderful holiday time and hope you achieve all your dreams for 2016!
Our Board of Directors:
Clive Hughes, Chris McArdle, Liz Keen and Sebastian Bryks – without you behind me I’d have been overwhelmed long back with MLF sinking in obscurity.
‘Silent’ supporter my wife Prue and our small team of helpers in the Philippines Michael, Franz & TerencE for all the help with websites, copywriting, videos and the myriad complicated technical items needed in our digital age.
Australia – we’re blessed having Simon Tedeschi, world famous classical pianist and entertainer whose visible support and occasional fundraising concerts does so much to help our profile and credibility.
With warm, grateful hugs and best wishes for a happy and safe holiday time and prosperous New Year, thanks again for all of your support.