Rural Indonesian Communities:
With our project partner Opportunity International Australia, our raised funds provide microfinance loans to mothers living in rural Indonesia. Mothers are the epicentre of communities and by supporting them, we ensure brighter futures for themselves, their families and their community.
We wanted to choose a smart, scalable and sustainable way to end poverty, which is why we work to provide small loans to families living in extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific. These loans - on average around $100 - give families the ability to purchase the tools they need to start or grow their own source of income. Some use the funds to purchase a sewing machine or material to start a tailoring business, others on bulk goods which they resell for a profit, and others on animals, like chickens or cows, that can provide food items to sell. And once their business is up and running, these families pay back their loans. This not only gives the families a sense of dignity and treats them like a real client, it allows the same funds to be recycled and directed to other families in need.
In Indonesia, two in three people live on less than US$2.50 a day. Families living in rural and remote areas are often the poorest. Many of them struggle to access shelter, healthcare, education and essential services, hindering their ability to leave poverty behind.
What we love most is that over 95% of these entrepreneurs are women – meaning together, we can directly support those who would otherwise struggle to access affordable financial services and become community leaders.