Children’s efforts aid African businesses

December 01 2014

MONEY raised by children at Sefton Park Primary School has helped more than 40 entrepreneurs, from some of the world's poorest countries, set up their own small businesses.

MONEY raised by children at Sefton Park Primary School has helped more than 40 entrepreneurs, from some of the world's poorest countries, set up their own small businesses.

Around £2,410 was collected from the pupils involved in the Deki Tenner Tournament - a competition which saw teams turn a £10 loan - provided by Bristol-based, microfinance charity, Deki - into as much profit as possible by setting up a small enterprise, such as a bake sale.

The funds, raised by 143 children, were lent directly to their chosen entrepreneurs in Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda and Ghana, who have now set up businesses selling bananas, farming onions and tailoring.

As their businesses grow, entrepreneurs pay back a small amount each month, which the children then re-lend to other aspiring traders.

Photographer Adam Dickens recently visited Uganda and returned with a thank you message for the children from some of the entrepreneurs they helped.

To give the gift of a life-changing loan this Christmas, visit: deki.org.uk