CHARITABLE DONATIONS BY UNDER THE THATCH
Today we donated to the Irish Blue Cross as we admire and value their good work. It's been a tough year for charities like the Blue Cross as they haven't been able to get out and fundraise in the usual ways - so happy to help them in a small way.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
I'm sure many of you are aware of the dire situation in the Greek refugee camps as they head into winter, and in particular the awful fire that destroyed the makeshift homes of thousands on Lesvos this week. Thousands of families are living on roadsides, in fields, even graveyards and have lost all their possessions.
We've found a small way to help - by sending personal hygiene items via a UK collection network (thanks to Yorkshire Aid who will collect our Amazon parcel). We're sending a few hundred nappies, and 'hotel size' shower gels, soaps and toothbrushes. You can help too - details at https://www.facebook.com/chooselove/
Although we often provide these 'hotel cosmetics' at cottages we've always had an uneasy relationship with their environmental impact - but here, in this use, they can be life-savers in maintaining good hygiene.
Friday, 11 September 2020
Emily lives in Lilongwe, Malawi. She's 39 years old and married, with three children. Her husband runs a small business and Emily sells second hand clothes. She started her business with the aim of supporting her family with their basic needs, such as food. She has been running her business for 15 years and three of her family members work with her. Her goal is to educate her children, construct a house and purchase goats. We've enabled her to bulk purchase bales of second-hand clothes, thereby increasing her profitability. Thanks to those who donate when they book a holiday, we wish Emily and her family well.
Saturday, 05 September 2020
Muhammad Ramzan is 32 years old cobbler from Basti Wanika, Kasur, Pakistan. There are seven members in his household that includes his wife, two daughters, and three sons. Three of his children are getting education while two are not yet of schooling age.
Muhammad is a cobbler by profession and has been self-employed for almost 10 years. He earns around £92 per month making men's shoes. We've helped him buy materials in buld, including purchasing soles and adhesive solution, buckles, and shoe uppers. The investment will help him increase his productivity and a rise in his family income. We wish him well and tank those who contributed to UTT donations whilst booking their holiday with us.
Wednesday, 02 September 2020
Fahad Ali is 25 years old and lives in an area of Kasur called Kot Murad Khan in Pakistan. Fahad has not married yet, so he lives with and cares for his Mother.
To earn an income, Fahad runs a small business making environmentally friendly jute and fabric bags. These bags are becoming more and more popular locally for packing groceries such as lentils and rice, and he has a growing customer base.
To make the bags, Fahad buys jute fabric rolls, cuts the fabric into pieces and then sews the bags as per the required dimensions. So far, Fahad has been very pleased with how the business has been growing. He earns around £75 per month, but he would like to increase his income by growing his product range and offering different types of bags.
In order to take his business to the next stage, we're helping him buy jute fabric in bulk and experiment with different bag designs to offer new products and grow his income. We wish him well and admire his project which also aids the environment.
Friday, 28 August 2020
Vivien Rivera is 56 years old. She is a married and lives with her husband Roy and their three children in the village called Pungtod, Oslob in Cebu province - a place that we have visited in the last eighteen months. All her children are married and been living separately. Roy is a seafarer but stopped working three years ago. Vivien on the other hand has been operating a general store in front of their house to help her husband in dealing with their living expenses.
For over 20 years now, Vivien has been managing her store where she sells wide variety of consumable goods such as rice, corn, canned goods, condiments, noodles, powdered drinks, biscuits, chips, cold drinks and a lot more of other items. She also offers animal feeds, school supplies and household cleaning materials. Her store is open daily from 5 in the morning until 6 in the evening. She was being helped by her children before while her husband was away working. Three years ago, Roy decided to stop working and now he is helping Vivien in the store. All their children are married and had their own home separately but due to the pandemic, her children and grandchildren are temporarily living with them to ensure their safety because her children lived in city where COVID-19 positives kept on increasing. She offers credit to some of her valued and trusted customers.
We've helped her pay for extra stocks of popular products to help her assist her family during the pandemic.
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Samoeurt San is a 38 year old farmer with three children: two daughters and a son aged 14, 12 and 9, all of whom currently attend school. The family live in the Ek Phnom District of Battambang Province which we know and visit. She and her husband have been farmers for the last 15 years, farming short-term rice and green beans for sale.
They have a plot of land of three hectares in size upon which they grow short-term rice and get a crop yield of 3 tons per hectare. After the rice has been harvested, they then use the same plot of land to grow green beans which can be harvested after 90 days. The green bean crop amounts to 900Kgs per hectare of land. Along with others, we're helping the family buy an additional hectare of land upon which to grow short-term rice and beans and better support their income. We wish them well.
Sunday, 09 August 2020
Ghulraiz Parvaiz is 36 years old and lives in Baar Colony, Lahore with his wife and three children. Two of his children are studying and getting an education.
To earn a living and support his family, Ghulraiz is a master tailor by profession. He has been a tailor for the last 12 years and earns about £78 per month. His customers mostly come from the local area. Ghulraiz realized that his income is not enough to meet the high costs of living due to the high inflation with his limited income. We're helping him buy fabrics so that he can sew a variety of different clothes and earn more. This investment in his business will help him earn more to meet his family's basic needs and live a financially stable and happy life with his family. We wish them well.
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Asif Ali is from an area called Chaki Piyara Lal which is in the area of Kasur in Pakistan. He is single and lives with his parents and one sister.
Asif Ali struggles to support his family and we're happy to help sponsor his small enterprise. For the last two years or so he has been working as an embroiderer. He crafts fancy clothes using needle and sells to retail shops. He earns around £75 per month on average. With his current low earnings it can be hard for him to even provide two basic daily meals for his family. We're helping him buy fabric and silma sitra material (pearls, stones and yarn) to increase his family income. Thank you.
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Mrs. Savin Pich is 33 years old and has been a farmer for few years. She lives with her husband in Morng Russey district of Battambang Province, an area that we know (having lived for months in Cambodia). They farm wet season rice for sale which is their source of income for their family. Along with the local microfinance partner, we're helping her buy a hecatare of land to double her crop of rice. Helping people to help themselves is essential in the post-Covid world, and we wish Savin Pich well.
Sunday, 14 June 2020
We make small, regular donations every week to the Northern Ireland Battery Hen Rescue as we keep rescue battery hens ourselves and know the their plight. If you buy anything via Amazon.com you too can donate - even free of charge - as Amazon will donate 1% of purchase value via smile.amazon to charities of your choice - you may choose this charity, or there are hundreds of other options. The retail goods are the ame price - but 1% will go to a good cause.
Sunday, 07 June 2020
Through the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology), we are happy to sponsor a cuckoo called Valentine and have been tracking his progress back to the UK. To find out more about the BTO's cuckoo project and how you can get involved click the link below.
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
We have donated £50 to the Medical Detection Dogs charity who are looking for funding to train dogs to detect coronavirus in passengers arriving at UK airports. Six dogs have been earmarked for the training; Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher. Good luck, dogs!
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Eulogio Llamos is a 64 year old married man with three adult children who runs a market stall with his wife Fe, 66. They have a stall in Toledo city in Cebu, the Philippines, which we know from a recent visit. The family lives in a village called Ibo, Toledo where they have a smallholding, though the fruit they supply is largely from wholesalers.
The couple has been selling bananas, apples, mangoes, watermelon, oranges, pineapples and other seasonal fruits for the past 26 years on stalls that are open every day from 5 in the morning until 8 in the evening. They don't employ anyone to work with them and so they work every day. Their income also helps support their children and grandchildren.
Maintaining fresh food supplies in this crisis is essential in developing countries like the Philippines, and we're very happy to support the family in buying more stock to help keep their business alive, and to keep fresh food getting to the people who need it most.
Monday, 27 April 2020
Vincent Nkinamubanzi from Ngororero in Rwanda is a 53 year old married man with 4 children, all of who attend the local primary school. He operates a wholesale shop in Ngororero City selling a wide range of products. Meanwhile his wife is a farmer but also helps out in the shop when time permits. Like so much of the developing world, Rwanda is hit hard by the Covid 19 Crisis, and we’re happy to support Vincent and his family.
Vincent has been a shopkeeper for the last 8 years, selling rice, beans, maize, maize flour, sorghum, soft drinks, sugar, salt, cooking oils, household items like pans and plates, cleaning items, and non-perishable food as well as construction materials like cement. The money that we (and others) have given will allow Vincent to maintain supplies to his customers – access to food and supplies is essential in this crisis. It will also help Vincent to continue to employ his two staff.
Sunday, 26 April 2020
We are proud to support The Cinnamon Trust, the only specialist national charity for the terminally ill and people in their later years and their much loved, much-needed companion animals. Especially important during this worrying COVID19 period, elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets feeling that their only option is to rehome them. This is where The Cinnamon Trust's national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support, enabling owners and pets to stay together. They will walk the dog for a housebound owner, foster pets when owners need hospital care, feed the cat, even clean out the birdcage or litter trays. The trust always needs new volunteers, and even if you can only spare an hour a week they would love to hear from you.
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Weneber Ermac is a 43 year old female entrepreneur who lives with her husband Ermest and their three children in the village called Lusaran in Cebu province. We know the town. Her eldest is now teaching at a private school, her second child attends 1st year college and youngest is 2 years old. Back in 2004 the couple started a grocery store business. They sell a wide variety of groceries, bread, household products, footwear, ready to wear clothes and more household items. We've friends who work in NGOs like Oxfam, and we're very aware how the Covid 19 crisis is impacting rural communities like this.
We've helped Weneber renovated her shop. Currently she employs two regular sales ladies and one baker. Her store is open everyday from 5 in the morning until 7 in the evening. She sells variety of consumable products for people and animals. She also sell various farm inputs and household items.
She will buy construction materials like concrete blocks, steel bars, cement and other materials needed. We wish her and the family well.
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Marlon Artajo is a 34 year old shopkeeper who manage two stalls in the public market of Balamban in Cebu province of the Philippines. We know the market there - just simple open stalls of a few square metres. He is married to Jeresa and they have one child aged 11 months. They all live in a village called Vito nearby. Marlon's original stall sells mobile phone accessories, top-ups, and a simple photocopy and print service. He recently opened a second stall right next door with a barbers shop. We admire his entrepreneurial energy (wages there are around just £6 a day) and we've given him £45 (plus covered admin. costs) to enable to buy more stock for the shops, and better support his business. We know the good people of Cebu island, and how hard they work, and we wish Marlon and his family well.
Sunday, 01 March 2020
We sponsored a friend (Rosie Harrison Gallagher) to walk 80 kilometres in February 2020 in aid of Women's Aid (Ireland). The weather was shocking, and Rosie isn't an experienced walker, but she believes in this cause, and we can share her passion for the good work that Women's Aid do on a daily basis.
Friday, 28 February 2020
Emelia Armecin from Tuburan, Cebu, Philippines is a married woman with three adult children. All of her children are married and been living separately. She is now 58 years old and husband Joelito is 61. They both live in the village of Putat which is in the town of Tuburan in Cebu province and manage a mango farm (just 50 trees) and are now building a small roadside shack/ store to sell fishing supplies and petrol.
Her store is near the sea where fishermen pass by, and were helping her complete the store, buy fishing supplies, petrol and animal feeds. Emelia hopes her new business will progress for her to continuously earn income and deal with their everyday needs and provide help for her child and grandchildren. We wish them well!
Monday, 20 January 2020
Aimable Nahimana is a 33 years old, single potato farmer In Rwanda. He lives with his parents and siblings and he is responsible for all the household costs. He lives with his family in the rural village in Rubavu District. The area where he lives is well known for the high quality potato crops.
Aimable started farming potatoes 10 years ago, helping his parents and now he employs several people. In the future, he would like to become a wholesale potato distributor. We're helping him buy potato seed and fertiliser to help better support his family. We wish him well.
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Jesabil Quiaot lives in Lamac, Pinamungajan, Cebu, Philippines - an area that we know and visit (last in Cebu in Spring 2019). Jesabil is a 24 year old married woman with three children agesd 5 years old, 1 year old and 1 month old. Her husband Michael James works and Jesabil cares for the three children and manages a store where she sells animal feeds, vitamins and medicines. We know how challenging it can be to raise little ones and run a small business from home. We've helped her improve stock of products such as animal feeds, medicines and vitamins. For now she is earning between 300 to 600 pesos (about £ 4.51 to £9) daily since she only just recently opened the business. Jesabil is hoping that her business will grow so she could earn more income to deal with their living expenses. We admire her spirit, and wish her well!
Saturday, 18 January 2020
We've donated the money required to cover a cleft-palate operation on a child via charity Operation Smile, Ireland (c€180 ). They work in many developing countries helping adults and children born with this common birth defect, and changing lives for the better. This relatively simple operation can change a life and outlook for an individual, and we're more than happy to help. Thanks guys - together we're literally helping 'put a smile' on someones face for 2020.
Saturday, 21 December 2019
Ranilo Arda is a farmer who is focused in growing beautiful flowers in the village of Babag II in Cebu province, near Cebu city in the Philippines. We were there earlier this year. Ranilo has set up a small flower farm on his father's land to support his family (partner Irish and their two daughters ages 9 and 3 years old). The farm is about 5,000 square meters and employs up to five seasonal workers in the busy harvesting period December to February.
We've given him £90 (and paid administration costs) to help with the farm inputs to assist with this year's harvest and wish him and the family well. Thank you for your support.
Monday, 16 December 2019
Abida Bibi, aged 40, is a resident of Sabir Basti, Kasur in Lahore, Pakistan. There are a total of 7 members in her family. Four of her children are studying and her husband is a farmer.
Abida Bibi supports her family financially by selling buffalo milk. She has been rearing one water buffalo for the last 10 years and earns around £55 per month. Her husband owns four acres of land where he grows wheat and rice. In his free timehe labours and earns around £60 per month. We've contributed £100 (plus admin costs) to help enable her to purchase an additional buffalo. Having this additional buffalo will enable her to enhance her milk output and increase her earnings. This is vitally important in helping her family to become more financially stable and improve their standards of living. We wish them well.
Saturday, 14 December 2019
Muhammad Sarfraz is 29 years old and married, with two children in Chah Buland, Kasur Pakistan.
Sarfraz sells seasonal fruits such as bananas, grapes, apples, etc. by using a push cart in the main road. He has been selling fruits like this for the ast five years to support his family. He earns about £90 per month which is not enough to manage all of his household expenses, and needs to bulk purchase. We've given him £100 (and covered costs) to enable him to buy apples, oranges and grapes in larger quantitiesfrom the local fruit market. With this bulk purchase, his costs will decrease and he will be able to better support his family. We wish the family well, and thank UTT guests for their assistance.
Monday, 02 December 2019
Ricardo Lequido is a 44 year old farmer who lives in the village of Valencia, Alegria in Cebu province of the Philippines. We were there ourselves earlier this year. He is married to Josephine and have four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of his adult children are working and the other two are attending school. He finds farming business a good source of income as long as he works hard and have funds to finance his farming expenses.
Richard grows cabbages and spring onions and aims to soon start planting aubergines. We've helped him with farm costs (water, seeds etc) (£100) and we wish him and the family well.
Monday, 25 November 2019
Nancy Castro is 46 and lives on the outskirts of the city of Loja in southern Ecuador. Her husband has a truck and works transporting stone material. They have three children; two of whom are already married and live independently while the youngest is still studying.
Doña Nancy works selling 'Tuppaware' type products for the home. She sells them at a large market and also directly to her customers’ homes. She makes a profit of around $370 per month on average (that's about £285). December is a big sales month for her, so we've helped her increase stock, and hopefully that will bring in more income for the family at Christmas. We've donated £100 (and paid administration costs) thanks to the generosity of UTT guests. We admire people that set out to help themselves, and we know that sometimes just getting a small 'leg up' in the world can make all the difference. We wish Nancy and her family well.
Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Timotea Firmeza, 59 year old is married and she has 4 adult children. She lives in the village of Poog which is in Toledo city in Cebu province of the Philippines, where we visited earlier in 2019. Her husband passed away 2 years ago in a road traffic accident. She lives with her two unmarried children, their partners and 8 grandchildren. Timotea used to work as a house caretaker for many years in Cebu city but now she has a small business selling clothes, bags, umbrellas, towels etc. We've given her £100 to increase stocks and better support her family, and we wish her well. Thank you for your support!
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Young Mirei (age 10) has NEVER had her hair cut - and it's over 1.5m long. We know the family well, and have huge admiration for Mirei's project. She has a close family member affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and has chosen to raise funds to support the MS Society. Happy to start the ball rolling with a £50 donation to her brave project - young people can change the world! Do consider a donation, even £1/ £2 can make a difference!
Monday, 23 September 2019
Emily Conde is a 47 year old business woman who manages one stall in the public market of Lutopan, Toledo city in Cebu, Philippines. We visited earlier this year. She is married to Jerome and they have two sons and one daughter. Her eldest graduated college in Marine engineering and is ready to work in a shipping company this month. Her two other children are in grade 11 and 10. The family income comes from Emily's success running her stall.
For the past 16 years she has managed the business herself. She sellsrice, corn, sugar, monggo beans, salt and garlic, animal feeds, farm fertilisers, poultry eggsand charcoal. Her stall is open everyday from 8 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening. So basically she does everything in the stall for she did not want to hire a worker. If customers will buy one sack or more, he call motorcycle driver to help in lifting and give them tip. All of her products to sell are directly delivered at her stall. In a month, she can sell 100 sacks or more of her rice and corn, making around £1 per sack profit. We've given her £100 (and paid admin. so she gets the full £100) to help her increase stocks and improve the stall. We wish her and her family well.
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Meet 'Beaker' one of half dozen ex-battery hens we rescued yesterday from her ‘enriched cage’. LOOK AT HER CONDITION. It angers us that greed leads to this.
We’ll keep her image on our phones and show it to anyone we see buying the battery eggs in the supermarket.
Want to help or adopt your own?
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Fabien Nsengimama runs a small grocery stall in Sovu, Ngororero- Birembo Branch, Rwanda. They sell products as varied as beans, spaghetti, biscuits and other household goods like body oil, shoes, and slippers. Fabien is 20 years old, married, and they have a baby girl.
Fabien sells to small clients in his neighbourhood. Along with others, we're helping him increase his stock including soft drinks, cakes, samosas, and other foods. He rotates with his wife in the shop and they also grow potatoes. So when he is in the plantation, she sells in their small shop, and vice versa. They earn around £240 a month and we help our assistance will help boost their family income. Thank you for helping Fabien and his family.
Saturday, 27 July 2019
Our friend Elvis the Boxador (yes, he is our friend) helps out at his local 'Wag and Company' as a friendship dog - it's a registered charity enabling visiting dog teams to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers across the North East of England. We've seen the difference his poochie-visits make in his local care home, and we're happy to donate to support the project and help with the organisation. Keep up the good work, Elvis! Elvis can be seen 'working' at Rosewood Care Home in Gateshead and the residents, naturally, love him!
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Jum'aa Abu Reeda is 23. He is married with a young son aged 3. He lives with his family in Qusra near Nablus in the 'West Bank' of Palestine. Given that it's 'Eurovision week' we felt it appropriate to support a Palestinan family through a micro-loan donation. We're giving Jum'aa £100 via Lend With Care charity (and covering their admin costs), and he'll be able to use the money to improve his business. Any money he is able to pay back we'll pass on to another entrepreneur in a developing country, or via our regular charity donations.
Jum’aa runs a shop selling household items as well as small dometic appliances. He established the business around five years ago. Prior to this he had worked briefly as a construction labourer. However, he changed because he wanted a business with more profitable opportunities and something for which he could depend upon on himself. Among the items he sells are cutlery, plates, cups, bedsheets and even small cooking stoves. We're helping him buy extra stock for his store, specifically plastic tables and chairs, rugs, and even more electrical items for the kitchen. We wish him well, and we hope for peace and prosperity in Palestine. Click the link to find out more., and see his shop.
Monday, 13 May 2019
Anwar Dar Ahmad is a 48 years old. He is a smallholder farmer and lives with his family near the town of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, Palestine. Given the latest attacks on the people of the West Bank, we felt it appropriate to reach out and help in a small way by supporting a farming family. We've donated £100 to help Anwar develop his tomato-growing business.
Anwar has four children. He has been farming for the past 20 years or so. He owns two acres of land, on part of which he has greenhouses which permit him to grow tomatoes out of season and in a controlled environment. Along with others (via Lend with Care) we're helping him buy 400 tomato plants, compost in bulk, frames for the plants and sheeting to aid temperature control in the greenhouse. We wish him a successful season.
Friday, 10 May 2019
Gulfam Ali is from a suburb of Lahore in Pakistan. He sells embroidery to earn the bread and butter for his family (his elderly parents, one sister and himself). His parents are receiving regular medical treatment.
Gulfam sews beautiful women's clothing, known locally as 'Silma Sitara' work. His fulltime work brings him a monthly income of approximately £107. This only just covers the family expenses, so we've helped him purchase fabric, pearls and embroidery stones to sell higher-priced 'Silma Sitara' and hopefully provide a better living standard for his family, and improve the medical facilities for his parents.
Thank you for supporting this family.
Thursday, 04 April 2019
Ariel Pantollano is a father of three children. He is married to Fe and both of them run a general store in the town of Balamban in Cebu province in the Philippines. We were there ourselves in February this year; it's a beautiful part of the world, but with very low wages. The family sell basic commodities such as eggs, canned foods, noodles, powdered drinks, condiments, biscuits, chips and sweets. Ariel is 34 years old while Fe is 33. They have three children ages 1, 2 and 6 years old. Ariels' store is particularly useful locally as it allows credit to customers who are weekly or monthly paid. His sales are about 6,000 pesos a day (c£87). Through the local co-operative we've helped him restock his store with more saleable items.
Ariel will continue his business and sustain what he is earning and better support his family. We know these small roadside stalls well from our own travels, and supporting them keeps families in their communities. Thank you for your support.
Tuesday, 02 April 2019
Carmen Paccha is 30 years old and lives on the outskirts of the city of Loja in southern Ecuador. She is married with three children. Her husband helps her on their smallholding and also works as a builder when he can find work. She grows vegetables on a plot of land gifted to her by her parents, and sells the veg to wholesalers three days a week.
She earms around $200 profit per month (about £150, or €175) from selling vegetables. We've helped with her farming inputs so that she can hopefully produce a better harvest and better support her family. THANK YOU.
Saturday, 09 March 2019
Erika Pazmiño is 22 years old and from the smal town of Catamayo in southern Ecuador. She's a seamstress, and thanks to YOUR help we've been able to assist her in buying a new industrial-quality sewing machine. She makes school uniforms and specialist sports clothes for her local community. Erika has grown her business, sometimes employing assistants, and is now the secretary of her local Textile Association. Her small company makes around 400 USD profit a month, with which she supports her family. We wish her well.
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
Luis Joaquin Chávez Yaselga is 31 years old and a farmer. He lives in San Blas de Urcuquí in Ecuador. He and his ex-partner have one son. He has been farming from a very young age and has 20 years experience in this business. We're happy to be support him in his small farming venture, thanks to your generosity.
Your support will help him in 2019 with farming inputs, buying twine, hiring labourers, maintaining the land with a tractor, and other farming expenses. With this extra help he will hopefully achieve a good price at harvest and be better able to support himself and his family.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Mr. Mon Met is a farmer from Bovel District, Battambang Province., Cambodia. He is 32 years old and has one child, aged 10 years old who is at school. He grows wet season rice for sale every year on his nine hectares of land. We're helping him this year with his farming costs.
Mr. Mon farms wet season rice (in what would be called 'summer' in the UK). As his rice paddy has no irrigation system, he only plants one harvest per year, which takes 6 months before he is able to collect his produce of 2.5 tones per hectare. The middlemen buys the harvest directly from his farm. We're helping him with ploughing and threshing costs to enable him to better support himself and his family. We know the Battambang area, and wish him and the family well.
Monday, 11 February 2019
One child is dying EVERY TEN MINUTES from malnutrition / preventable disease in Yemen (says the UN), yet Europe seems more obsessed with Brexit than providing meaningful aid. We've made another small donation today, and ask others to consider doing the same. It's a ghastly, and preventable situation that should horrify us all.
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary is a Bristol based independent charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs. They receive no funding from the government or National Lottery and rely on the generosity and goodwill of their supporters to keep their kennel and cattery doors open. They rescue and rehome around 800 animals each year finding them loving and responsible new homes, and we're happy to have been able to help them with a donation. Many of our customers come from the Bristol hinterland, and it felt like the right choice for our donation this week. The dog pictured is called Pip and is looking for a home - could you help?
Monday, 03 December 2018
We've made a Christmas donation to the Wildwood Trust - who are working to try and save the red squirrel from its prediction extinction in the UK. They breed squirrels in captivity, and release them in an appropriate and managed way in nature conservancy areas in North Wales and on Anglesey. We think they do great work and are happy to help. We also learned that baby squirrels are called 'kittens'! red squirrel numbers are estimated to be down to around 10 000 in Wales (that's low) and we'd love to see them get back to where they used to be.
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Universal Aid for Children, Ukraine is a charity that supports children leaving the Care System of Ukraine. Although children in orphanages often (and rightly) receive charity support, we like the fact that this charity has a specific focus on supporting teens as they graduate from orphanages into adult life. We've family members who work daily with such vulnerable kids in the UK, and we know that it's a crucial time to get a good start in life. We've decided to sponsor one individual, Nikita, for 6 months as he makes his way in the world. The monthly sum that we send him will give him a monthly stipend, and assist with getting secure housing, education and medical supplies. Nikita is going to college to study as a welder, and cares for his grandfather (who is poor health). At weekends he works as a labourer for a renovation company. We wish him well, and will post updates via the Under the Thatch Facebook page of his progress. Thank you for making this sponsorship possible by holidaying Under the Thatch.
Friday, 09 November 2018
UNICEF estimate that a child dies from malnutrition in Yemen every 10 minutes. Unfortunately we don't have the power to stop the UK (and other) governments selling the arms to Saudi Arabia that are directly influencing the humanitarian crisis there. We're appalled by the irony that while UK/ European governments are pumping public money into arts projects to (rightly) commemorate the 1918 Armistice, some of those countries also benefit hugely from the taxes paid on immense arms sales to places like Saudi and Israel, with weapons used against civilians. The tax profit (in part) from these arms sales is used for arts and other projects to remind us of the futility of war. This doesn't seem right, and we urge everyone to write to their politician/s to prevent the sale of weapons to regimes who have been proven to use them inappropriately. In the meantime 400 00 children are at risk of death from acute malnutrition, and all we can do is shout..and send a small amount of aid. We're not comfortable using a distressing image like the one shown. But it's a recent and real photo, and we want the world to wake up to the Yemen crisis. If you're able to also make a donation, no matter how small, we encourage you to do so via the link or https://www.unicef.ie/our_work/emergency/yemen-crisis/
Thursday, 08 November 2018
Jeneffer Flores is mother of three children aged between 12 and 23 years old in Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines. She has been separated from her husband for about 10 years. She has been working as a village treasurer for 5 years. To earn an additional income, she also sells food items in the city of Bogo in Cebu province. She sells affordable noodle dishes and frozen foods. Jennefer wants nothing more than to provide a better quality of life for her children and to give them all to highest education.
Jennefer sells pre-packed dishes in large plastic containers. Her regular customers are market vendors, sales ladies, pedicab drivers and small store owners. She has been in this business for the past four years now. She earns between 500 and 1,500 pesos a day (about £7 - £21). She also sells snacks like steamed buns, coconut juice and fried peanuts. She wakes up early to cook her daily dishes and her children help her in preparing the ingredients. She used to hire pedicab drivers to transport her products. But now she has her own vehicle. Jennefer knows how to drive so she recently acquired a single motorcycle on credit and has also purchased a side car. We're helping her pay for the side car and to pay for the tuition and school projects of her second child. We wish her well - and may even pop by to say Hi as we'll be in the Philippines ourselves soon!
Wednesday, 03 October 2018
Marietta is married to Roy (both 52), and they live in San Regemio, Cebu. Philippines. They've one adopted daughter, after having unfortunately having lost their son to illness, age 16. They run and manage a shop near a sea port and it is their main source of income to deal with their living expenses.
The couple manage a shop stall where they sell food items such as cup noodles, biscuits, chips, bottled water, hot and cold drinks, powdered drinks, hygiene products etc. She purchases most of her stock from the big stores in Bogo city because the prices there are much cheaper. Her shop is open 24 hours a day at the Hagnaya port. The couple work shift duties to manage their business hours. Most of their customers are passengers and ship workers. They have been in this business for 20 years now. Her daily sales range from 3,000 to 5,000 pesos (about £42 - £70). Along with others, we're helping her purchase 12 sacks of quality rice that cost roughly 33,000 pesos (about £462). She will use the rest of the funds to restock her shop with more items such as cup noodles, biscuits and bottled water. We wish the family well.
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Ali Raza is 23 years old. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan with his parents, three brothers and one sister. He pays for the educational expenses of his sister and one brother. Ali supports his family by stitching men’s clothes and he earns £131 per month. His father also works and earn £125 per month. Ali’s income is not enough for supporting his family and saving up for his future to have a family of his own. Ali Raza really wants his siblings to have the best opportunities in life. We're helping him purchase fabrics and sewing materials to help him bring prosperity to his family.
Monday, 17 September 2018
Mr. Pheak Krahn is 27 years old, he has been as farmer for over four years in Ma Nork Village, Talos Commune, Cambodia. He grows his wet season rice paddy on a farmland that is five hectares. He collects three tons of crops per hectare to sell on the market. It takes a period of six months for the rice paddy crops to get ready for harvesting. As the rice paddy are harvested the crops are sold directly to a local merchant. We're helping him buy further land to expand his wet season rice paddy farming. With the extra plot of land he expects to get around one more ton of rice paddy to sell on the market and thereby help his family. We wish him well.
Monday, 17 September 2018
Living in the locality of Islam Abad in Lahore, Pakistan, Waqas is a 25-year-old man who works as a tailor. His family of 8 is dependent on him. He has parents, four sisters and one brother. Three of his sisters are still going to school. His father works and earns £63 per month. Faced with rising costs and increasing expenditures, Waqas earns barely enough to make end meet. He earns £114 per month. He sews gents and readymade clothes. He is determined to educate his sisters and wants to improvise his business. We're helping him buy fabric and sewing supplies to improve the family income.
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Mr. Sambath An from Prek Norin, Cambodia is 30 years old and has two children, age 7 and 2. Only his older child is currently in school. He has been a farmer for over 10 years and at the moment he cultivates rice crops on two hectares of land. Once those crops have been harvested he grows green beans on the same land and he yields around 800 kilograms per hectare. To enable him to produce more rice to sell, he also rents another plot of land (around two more hectares). This costs him $300 per year. We're helping him buy an additional hectare of rice paddy to grow this dry season rice, and to help his family.
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Emily is 31 years old and divorced with two children, living in Mangochi, Malawi. She sells groceries. We've helped her buy additional inventory so that she might better provide for her family. She has been running her grocery stall for ten years now, and with more capital she should be able to better support herself and her children - we wish her well.
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Honeylyn Nasataya is a 41-year-old, married with two children age 8 and 13 years old. Both of her children are attending school in the town of Bogo in Cebu province in the Philippines. She is married to Vincent Aris who is a 41-year-old seaman.
Honeylyn started a business in 2011 selling organic honey. She rented a small space in the town centre where she also sells other products like food snacks and cold drinks. She has since expanded her business to sell cosmetics, lotions/beauty and wellness products. On a daily basis her sales are between 800 to 1,500 pesos (£11 to £21). She hires one of her relative to help her in the shop. To diversify her income further she hopes to start printing airline tickets and we've helped her to install an internet connection and buy two printers. We wish her well.
Monday, 30 July 2018
Dang Van Toan is a 28 year old farmer from Moc Chau, a rural district in northwest Vietnam, where he lives with his wife and 5 year old daughter. He and his wife farm 4000 square meters of land where they produce plums and rice, which are sold to the local community. They make a profit of about $134 a month. We're helping them buy farming inputs to run the farm and hopefully increase yield. If they're successful in producing more plums and rice they can buy further land and hopefully further improve their lot. We wish them well.
Sunday, 22 July 2018
German Quito is a small-scale coffee farmer from the small town of Palanda which is in the province of Zamora Chinchipe in southern Ecuador. He is married with five children, the younger three attend school and still live at home. Don German has around 30 years of experience of farming independently. Before this he worked as an agricultural labourer on local farms saving his money until he could afford to buy his own plot of land of around one hectare. He now has around two hectares. We've helped him to pay two labourers to help him harvest two hectares of coffee bushes. He estimates that his monthly income averages around $500.
Friday, 13 July 2018
Mrs. Poch Thoun and her husband have been working as farmers for over 20 years in Sdey Steng Village, Talas Commune, Cambodia. We've helped them buy a plot of land to grow rice, and improve their family income. They grow long-term rice on 10 hectares of land and this enables them to collect a yield of three tons per hectare to sell on the market. Having this extra land will allow her to harvest an extra two tons of crops and have a more stable income. We wish them well.
Monday, 09 July 2018
Constance lives with her family in the suburb of Johannesburg in Norton, Zimbabwe. She is 33 years old and is a mother of four. Two of her children are going to school and the other two are still too young. She has a flea market stall at Norton shopping centre in which she sells clothes like jeans, jackets and t-shirts. She restocks her products from Mozambique, usually once a week. With this business she has been able to pay the school fees for her children as well as providing bus fare to and from school. She started this business 3 years ago, and we've helped her restock to further improve trade, and support her family. Thank you UTT guests.
Sunday, 01 July 2018
Mr. Mao Thon is 51 years old and lives in Ansong Sok Village, Prek Norin Commune, Cambodia. He has been a farmer for over 20 years. He and his wife have a hectare of rice and 10 hectares of sweetcorn. Through his farming he creates 10 seasonal jobs. In the rainy season he catches and sells fish to make extra income for his family - around $10 a day.
We've been able to help him develop his maize farming, buy diesel for the tractor, and to employ local labour. Thank you UTT guests!
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Robert Madrid, 45 year runs a small retail business in the village of Ibo, Toledo city, Philippines. He is married and has three children aged 11, 14 and 17 years old who are all still at school.
Robert opened a business two years ago selling animal feeds, vitamins and medicines. He rents the premises the for 8,000 pesos a month.
His shop is open everyday from 6:30 in the morning and closes at 7:30 in the evening. He has one employee. We're helping him buy in a higher volume of animal feeds to meet the demand of his fast growing customer base, so that he can better support his family. We wish him well, and thank the UTT guests that have made this possible.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Loreta Maravilles is 54 years old, with four children. Two of her children and four grandchildren lives with her in Poblacion, Dumanjug in the Cebu province. Loreta runs a market stall that sells vegetables, spices and food seasonings. At 4 in the morning Loreta wakes up and opens her stall as she has regular restaurant owners who purchase their ingredients at dawn. She buys most of her spices in Carbon market, and her vegetables from Mantalongon, at the Barili market. Twice a week she goes to the Carbon market and purchase spices like onions, garlic and tomatoes. She pays about 8,000 pesos (about £114) per purchase. For her vegetables, she has a regular supplier who delivers directly to her stall once a week. She has been running her business for 30 years now. On average she earns 6,000 pesos (about £85). She is helped by two of her children and her grandchildren whenever they don’t have classes. Her husband Agustine manages their 3 hectares of farm land where he grows maize, eggplants, squash, tomatoes and okra. He hires two full-time workers who help him take care of his crops. Some of his harvested crops are sold directly to his wife’s stall and the rest are sold at Carbon market.
We've helped the family buy farm materials and to pay the salary of the two farm workers. We're happy to help this hard-working family, and thank UTT guests for their support.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Mohammed Allan is 21 years old. He lives with his parents and his four brothers in Kufr Aqab near Ramallah. We've been watching, in despair, the outrageous recent attacks on Palestinian civilians. These people need much more assistance than merely economic aid, but great buildings are built from small bricks, and we're happy to support another young entrepreneur there. Mohammed owns a greengrocer shop. He started his business a year ago and he now sells many kinds of fruit and vegetables to local customers. He pays 300 dollars a month in rent for his shop. Along with others we're helping him increase stocks and to renovate his small shop. His monthly profit is around 600 dollars (c£450).
Saturday, 09 June 2018
Maria Delilah Alvarez is a 49 year old woman married to fisherman Manuel (51). They have one child age who is 10 years old and live in a village of Arpili, near Balamban in Cebu province of the Philippines. Maria Delilah has, up until now, been a housewife. Now that her child is able to take care of herself, she has decided to start a small business selling consumable goods and educational supplies. She has found a vacant stall near a local elementary school and the rent is 2,500 pesos (£36) a month. We're helping her furnish and stock the shop. She hopes to have it ready for the opening of the new school term, and we wish her well.
Sunday, 03 June 2018
We couldn't resist the warm smile of Sokun Hing from Prek Norin, Cambodia, and are happy to help him help his family through support for his farm business. Mr Sokun is 30 years old and has two children, aged 1 and 3 years old. He and his wife grow wet season rice on five hectares of land. When their rice has been harvested they will also grow green beans on the same land and get around 800 kilograms of crops per hectare to sell. In order to farm their rice and green beans we're help[ing them buy farm materials such as fertiliser and diesel for the tractor that helps them plough and harvest. We know Cambodia well, and wish this family the very best.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Mary Tembo ,46 years old, lives in Kafue, Zambia. She is married and has four children who are in school. She runs a 'nthemba' (small grocery stall) selling salt, eggs and ice blocks. We've helped her increase her stocks of soap, containers for making ice blocks and eggs for her stall. Her customers come from her neighbourhood. From the profits of her sales, she hopes to see her business grow into a larger grocery stall that will enable her to build a house for her family. Mary was not able to contribute financially to her family before she started her small business. Now she is able to support her children - and we're grateful to UTT customers for being a part of that.
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Maria Theresa Vidal is a 37 year old married woman who works as a civil servant in Cebu, Philippines and also runs a small water delivery business with her husband. She has one child who goes to school in Tunghaan. Her husband, Enefer, is 38 years old and manages their water delivery business. The couple also own a car that they rent out £7.80 a day. At night Enefer delivers a total of 40 gallons of water per week to seven different households. For this he earns 600 pesos (about £8.50) a week. He purchases the water by the gallon from his trusted water refilling station. He delivers at night since their car is rented out for the whole day. Enefer wants to increase his deliveries to earn more income. We're helping them buy a second-hand vehicle to use for their water delivery business. Maria Theresa hopes their business will continue to grow in the future so she can provide a better standard of living for their child.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Mr. Ratha Nhol is 34 years old and he has been a farmer for over 10 years in Reachdoun Koe Village, Prek Norin Commune, Cambodia. He currently grows rice on 11 hectares of land. As well as rice farming he also grows green beans on another three hectares of land. Along with others, we're helping him purchase good quality seeds and diesel for his tractor to plough the land, and some money to employ others to cover the harvesting costs (he rents a thresher to harvest his rice crops). We wish him and his family well, and thank UTT guests who've made this assistance possible.
Sunday, 13 May 2018
Betty Gaadza is a 48 year old widowed mother of three children. She lives in Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe.
Betty runs a business selling blankets, duvets and various products in Mozambique. She restocks materials from Harare town, Zambia, and at times Namibia. She has one employee who helps her in carrying and selling blankets and duvets. Along with others we've assisted Betty via Thrive Microfinance to restock more materials for her business. We wish her well, and thank the UTT guests that made this possible.
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Today we've supported the work of Welsh charity 'Hazina' in Tasmania - they are a non-profit making organisation (UK Charity) working with the aim to alleviate poverty, ensure clean and accessible water supply for the population and the agricultural needs, improve education, progress the women’s situation and work towards sustainable business activities in the village of Bangalala in the Same distinct of Tanzania.
We know Marit, who owns UTT Gwel y Mynydd, who volunteers for the charity, and are happy to support her in the good work that Hazina achieves.
Photo - some of the girls now schooled thanks to Hazina.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Khaled is 20 years old. He lives with his parents in a town called Kofr Aldan located near Jenin in Palestine. He has been working in construction since finishing high school. He was not able to continue his education because he couldn’t afford the fees so he had to work to help himself and his family to cover their expenses. To support his family, Khaled decided to start his own business and he wants to open a café in his town. He plans to offer hot and cold drinks, light snacks and he also plans to have some billiard tables for his customers to use. We've helped him, along with others, bu the furniture needed for his café. He wants to be able to generate a stable income for his family and would like to be able to afford to go back to college and finish his education.
Friday, 20 April 2018
Don Kevin Tocto is a 20-year-old entrepreneur who has been running his own video shop for 3 years or so. He lives in the quiet city of Loja in southern Ecuador. He is also studying at the university. His business started with his own savings and a loan from his aunt. When he started, there was little merchandise and the money he earned was not enough even to cover his basic expenses. Nowadays, his business has grown considerably. He has added some other items such as garments, bazaar products, and collection pieces as well as some technological, audio, and video products, making the store a nice shopping place for his clients. The main difficulty he faces is that has not been able to find someone he can trust to help him in his business, so sometimes, he has to close his shop to meet his academic obligations. His income is $2,580, leaving him an approximate monthly profit to live on of $604. Don Kevin requested help to buy video games on wholesale and (along with others) we're happy to help.
Monday, 16 April 2018
We're huge fans of the wonderful Danny Minnie's Restaurant in West Donegal (Ireland)- somewhere that often pops up in the Visitor Book comments for our guests staying at UTT Donegal Cottages. Every year they have a Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society - it's a hugely successful event that attracts hundreds of people to taste the amazing cakes their pastry chefs make - and last year over €2000 was donated to charity. Danny Minnie's put on the drinks and the lovely location, and we donated €120 to help with ingredients for making some of the delicious cakes they lay on. We've yet to hear how much they helped raise but the place was packed out, great craic and the cakes were FABULOUS! Thanks for helping us help the important work of the Irish Cancer Society.
Monday, 02 April 2018
Under the Thatch are so pleased to be able to help raise £3000 to fund plastic free New Quay. Our donation will help promote the village's new Plastic Free status to visitors, residents and businesses alike in a clear and consistent way so that everyone knows New Quay is an 'avoidable single-use' Plastic Free Community. It is a cause that is close to our heart as we have properties in and near New Quay and aligns closely with UTT's core values.
Sunday, 01 April 2018
María Loayza is from the coastal province of El Oro in southern Ecuador. She is married with two children who are both in school. Doña María is a florist. She offers floral arrangements and bouquets, both natural and artificial works made from foam as gifts for weddings, piñatas, and christenings. Doña María works from home, and along with others via Care International we're helping her decorate and remodel her flower shop so that she can attract more customers and better support her family.
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Ninfa Delicia Chuncho lives in the city of Loja in southern Ecuador. She is a widow with three adult daughters and two adult sons all of whom are married and independent. However, she has two grandchildren who live with her. Doña Ninfa has been running a food market stall in one of the municipality markets for the past ten years or so. Prior to that, she used to sell food as a street hawker, but her customers encouraged her to apply for a stall at the market. Doña Ninfa feels proud to have given her children a good education and even helped to cover her grandchildren’s education. We're helping her buy ingredients in bulk for her food market stall. This includes several sacks of rice, sugar, flour and cartons of cooking oil.
Monday, 26 March 2018
Estela Victoria Vicente lives in the small town of Catamayo in Ecuador. She has four adult and independent children. Doña Estela has run a restaurant for the last 35 years or so. She provides breakfasts and lunches to workers employed in a local sugar factory. She works from 7 am to 6pm. Her daughter and an assistant help her from Mondays to Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays she only works with her daughter. When she started the restaurant was quite small but it has grown because of the custom from the sugar company - she has around 100 customers each day and she has bought all her own chairs, tables and other furniture and equipment. Doña Estela earns a net profit of around $305 each month. We've helped her buy her ingredients in bulk, which saves her money and helps her increase her small profit. We wish her well with the business.
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Rosemary from Kalomo in Zambiais widowed and has five children who are in school. She runs a small grocery stall in her community selling washing soap, assorted sweets, sugar and roasted ground nuts. She started this business about 12 years ago so that she could sustain the livelihood of her family. Along with others, we're helping her increase stocks for her shop. If the shop is successful it will help her pay her school fees, and to save to eventually build her own family home. As she is widowed she is the sole 'breadwinner' for the family, and we're very happy to help.
Friday, 02 February 2018
Mrs. Be Thi Trang is 21 years old. She lives in Song Cau ward, Bac Kan, Vietnam. She has opened a shoe shop in the market to earn a living and to support herself, her parents and her daughter. The development agency that is assisting her project reports that she has had to live extremely frugally in order to be able to support her family, and in particular to pay her daughter's tuition fees.
Along with others, we're helping her invest more money in stock to increase her turnover and profitability.
We wish her well, and thank the UTT guests who have made this possible - helping a family to improve their lot.
Friday, 26 January 2018
Fabian Vallejo quinteros is a single father to his young son. He lives in Atuntaqui, Equador and cooks food in a coal oven for a living. He has been doing this for 15 years and with the income he earns from this business he can cover his and his son’s costs of living.
Along with others we've helped him buy an industrial cooker, and tables and chairs for his business.
Fabián has more or less 30 regular customers who come for the type of food he offers. He works in the evening and night. He has plans to renovate the building and improve his service, with the aim of increasing the number of regular customers. We wish him the very best in improving his business to assist in bringing up his son.
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Pov Chan is 36 years old and has two children, aged 2 and 8 years old. They live in Doung Chenh Village, O Char Commune, Cambodia, and the eldest child attends school. Pov Chan runs a business selling general store items in bulk to his customers. He needs to buy new stock every week at the local market in order to provide for his customers in other districts. He also needs to buy new stock every day from the Cambodia-Thai border. He uses his own minivan to deliver the stock. He buys and sells items such as soft drinks, water and other items. He hires 2 employees to assist him in picking up and dropping off the stock. Each of them earns up to $8 a day from this work. He earns around $40 a day from his business and this is the main source of income for his family. We've helped him increase his stock and improve the viability of his business, and family income.
Sunday, 07 January 2018
Winnet Ngwendere is a young woman aged 28 from Glen Norah, a suburb in Harare. She is married and has three boys.
Winnet sells small items in bulk like phone batteries, chargers, covers and other phone accessories. She sources her stock from South Africa and China, and along with her husband they rent a shop in central Harare. Her business is mostly wholesale, selling a substantial amount of stock, but at a small profit. The business means that the family can send their children to a good school. We've helped Winnet to start to stock mobile phones as well as accessories, which she will source from Dubai. Selling this stock on will enable her to keep her boys in school and support her family.
We're happy to help, and thank UTT guests for making this possible.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Yolanda Maigua is 48 years old. She lives in the Cotacachi district of Ecuador. She is a widow and lives with her daughter and granddaughter, whom she supports financially. Her daughter is studying at university. Yolanda has been making and selling handicrafts since she was 29 years old. She sells necklaces and shawls between 5 and 15 dollars (bags go for between 15 and 30 dollars). Through her business she earns around $200 a month.
We've helped her buy accessories like coral and plastic rosary beads to make into necklaces and earrings, and to repair the roof of her house which had been damaged by heavy rains.
She hopes to increase sales of her crafts to allow her daughter finish her studies and to improve life for her granddaughter in 2018. We wish her all the best.
Saturday, 16 December 2017
We know Cambodia well (our son was born in the capital), and we love the Cambodian people, who seem to be almost universally good-natured and kind. Sinoun Chhorn lives in O Korky Village, Oda Commune, Cambodia. She is 32 years old and she has been a farmer for several years. Currently she and her husband farm maize on around five hectares of land. They can farm their maize twice a year. and it takes them around 90 days to harvest the crops. We've helped them buy fertilizer and diesel for their tractor to enable them to plough the land to cover their harvest costs and help their family. Thank you, UTT guests, for helping this family to help themselves.
Saturday, 09 December 2017
Yahya Daoud is 57 years old. He lives in Al-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood located in the Gaza strip in Palestine He is married and has five sons and two daughters. Four of his children are married and three still live with their parents. Yahya started up his own business almost 10 years ago now. He owns a store selling furniture. He buys his stock from wholesalers and then sells it on the local market. He currently earns around $500 per month. We've helped him buy in more stock including beds, closets, desks and dining furniture. With this investment he can increase his earnings and become more financially stable, and help his son to get married. We're grateful to UTT guests for their support.
Sunday, 03 December 2017
Clara Phiri lives in the Nyimba district of Eastern Zambia. She is 38 years old, married and has three children who are in school. With friends she also helps look after a small group of orphans. Clara runs a grocery stall selling bathing soap, washing soap, cooking oil and candles. We've been able to assist her top up her business capital and order stocks for her stall. With more stock she hopes to increase profits, and help her family. Thank you UTT guests!
Monday, 20 November 2017
Ihab is 20 years old. He lives in Thnaba, which is located in Tulkarem in Palestine with his family. His family owns 7 acres of farming land where he has installed a green house, where he grows cucumbers. His father and brothers help him with his farming activity. He has been doing this for 4 years now. Along with others we've helped them buy farming products such as fertilizers and seedlings in the hope that they'll be able to increase the family income from c$800 per month - we wish Ihab well; it's great to see young people starting businesses!
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Ontiness Ngwira is based in the Lundazi district of Eastern Zambia. She is 39 years old married and has three children who are in school. She runs a market grocery stall selling washing soap, bathing soap, batteries and salt. Along with others, we've helped her order more stocks of cooking oil, soft drinks and soap. Currently Ontiness is helped to run the business by her relatives but hopes to employ someone in the future if her sales increase. We're happy to be able to help her support her family.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Annabella Navarro lives in Mainggit, Toledo, Philippines with her husband Michael and their three children age 5, 3 and 2 years old.
Michael is a computer technician, fixing computers in the locality, and they also together set up a small business making computer workstations to sell locally. Together with the MFI, Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative we've helped them buy materials (wood, varnish, vinyl etc) to help expand their business, and wish the family well.
Friday, 20 October 2017
Cristian Ramírez is a small-scale farmer from an area called Trapichillo which is near the small town of Catamayo in southern Ecuador. Don Cristian is married with two young daughters, the eldest has recently started school. When he started farming independently he only cultivated a few hundred square metres for fear of failure. However, he now farms around two hectares. These are planted with maize and beans and are sold directly at the farmers’ markets in Catamayo. Along with others, we're helping Cristiano employ a labourer to help with the harvest and hiring machinery to plough the land ready for the next sowing. Thank you UTT guests!
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Hamdan is 26 years old. He lives in the Rafah district of the Gaza strip, Palestine. He is married and has three children, all of them are under 18.
Hamdan owns a shop selling livestock feed in bulk. His store is located in a strategic location near the commercial area in Rafah.
He sells multiple kinds of stock including feed used to fatten livestock and birds, and household essentials such as barley, corn, flour, sugar and salt. He has eight years’ experience in this field and also has good marketing skills to help persuade customers to buy his goods. He sells his inventory to local farmers. His monthly revenue is $450. Along with others, we've helped him buy more stock so that his business will grow and he can attract more customers, helping his family.
Friday, 13 October 2017
Yousef is 24 years old. He lives in Beit Lahya located in Gaza (Palestine) with his family that consists of his father, mother, his two brothers and one sister. Yousef owns a small grocery store (65 square meters). He sells many kinds of household goods including household cleaners, perfumes and makeup. He started his business one and a half years ago and his two brothers work in the store with him. We've helped him buy more stock to expand the shop, including cooking oil, nappies, sugar, flour, rice, shampoo and packet soup. Yousef hopes to increase his sales and by investing in his business he will continue to help his family in their everyday needs. We're happy to help.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Aliness Lungu is 38 years old, married with four children and lives with her farmer husband in Nyimba district, Eastern Zambia. She runs a small grocery stall selling washing paste, batteries and bathing soap. She has had this business for five years now. We've helped her restock her stall with items like cooking oil, sugar, candle and soft drinks. Her business is growing, and she now wants to stock more household goods. We're happy to be able to help her contribute to the financial well being of her family.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Shorouq is 29 years old. She lives in a village called “Kofor Tholth” located near Qaleqlia in Palestine. She is married and has six children.
Shorouq owns a nursery, which she has been running for three years. It has three classrooms for the children and a small room for Shorouq and the other four teachers. Her monthly revenue is approximately $700. Along with others, we're able to help her to move her nursery to a bigger place that fits the children and has a big yard for the children to play in. She plans to increase the number of children who can attend because she is experiencing high demand from parents who live in the local area. She will use the money for building repairs and to decorate the nursery, buy tables and chairs for the children and to pay the annual rent for the premises. Shorouq works hard to make sure the children have a positive experience and a great learning environment and she hopes with the new nursery mean that more local children receive a nursery education.
The faces of the children at Shorouq’s nursery have been blurred out for protection purposes.
Friday, 15 September 2017
Mrs. Seng Hun is 28 years old and she has a child aged 2 years old. She lives in Rohal village, Rohal commune in Cambodia. Presently she and her husband cultivate dry season rice on a 17 hectare farm. They harvest this twice a year and their farm yields around three tons per hectare to sell. The have used their own tractor to plough the land over the last two years which helps cut down costs. To ensure that they can continue to farm their rice on time as in previous years, they have applied for help with diesel for the tractor and to cover harvesting costs. Together with Lend With Care we've been happy to help.
Wednesday, 06 September 2017
Jean Baptiste Mbangutse and his wife are farmers in Mudende Sector, Rubavu District, Rwanda. They have 5 children. One is in secondary school, three are in primary school and another one is going to start next year. To support his family’s day to day financial needs he grows Irish potatoes. He has been in business for 8 years now. Through his potato farming business, he has created temporarily employment for 56 people in his neighbourhood. He wants to expand his potato business but does not have the funds, so together with his local micro-finance institute and others we've helped him to buy seed and equipment to improve his crop. He looks forward to increase his Irish potato harvest by 2200 kilos every quarter. His long-term aim is to open a potato crisp factory. We're happy to help him help himself.
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Haider Ali makes school bags and rucksacks. He lives in the city of Lahore. He is 20 year old and single. He lives with his four brothers and parents. Three of his brothers are going to school. He sells the bags he makes to retailers in different markets. He visits the markets with a sample bag and gets his orders. On average, Haider Sahib earns around 18,000 rupees (about $171) per month. His household expenses are hardly covered by his income. He wants to expand his business so he has requested a loan in order to buy the materials that he uses in bulk such as fabric, zips and threads. He will buy all these items from Shah Alam market, and cloth for the bags from Azam Cloth market. He is hopeful that he can increase his earnings through this expansion. If his business grows properly, Haider Sahib might be in a position to hire one employee and will be able to take more orders from retailers. We've helped him buy materials to sell more bags, to expand his business...and we wish him and his family well.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Milena Camila from San Antonio, Ecuador is 20 years old and has a 2-year-old daughter. She finished her studies, and with the help of her mother and brothers they started a business making ribbons, accessories and tiaras for little girls. Through the internet she has taught herself countless designs that are appreciated by businesses throughout Ecuador. Her products are even sold in catalogues. We've helped Milena buy more ribbons accessories and threads so that she can produce more stock and support her family.
Every month Milena makes around 700 tiaras and 300 hairclips. She loves her work and hopes to go to university soon. She would love to study fashion design, as now and again she also makes outfits for her little girl.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Our friends, Rick and Rich (Rich designed the UTT logo!) were getting married in Newcastle, with their amazing dog Elvis the Boxador as 'best man'. Elvis wanted to raise some money to help the dogs he'd left behind when he was rescued at Brysons Animal Shelter - and we were happy to support their work with a £100 donation.
We've supported many dog/pet rescue charities over the years...but only support those with an anti-kill policy. The small, independent shelters of Great Britain are often the best places to support.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Elsa Belia (28) is a farmer who lives with her family in a village called Nug-as in the town of Alcoy in Cebu province of the Philippines.
She has two children who are both attending school. They grow chili peppers, onions and cabbages, and employ four labourers (including Elsa's brother). Along with LendWithCare we've helped the family with a loan to buy agricultural materials for their farm, and to employ more labour. They hope to plant a second harvest of chili peppers this year using the money provided by us (and others).
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Idaneth Subong is a married woman, 40 years old with 5 children aged between 18 and 4 years old. Four of her children are
attending schools in different level. She is married to Rolando who is 49 years old and they all live in a village called
Abucayan which is in the town of Balamban in Cebu province in the Philippines. Idaneth runs a small stall/shop which sells different kinds of cosmetics. She employs one worker to help in the shop which also has a photocopying service. Along with Lend With Care we've helped her expand her business by increasing stock. Hopefully this will bring a more stable income to help support her family.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Like everyone...we were horrified by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London. We've made a donation to The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation who will provide emergency and ongoing support to residents and their families.
People have lost their homes, their loved ones, and we can all help in some way. We only wish we could do more.
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Ikrami is 19 years old. He lives in Rafah located in Gaza strip with his family that consists of his father, mother, five brothers and three sisters. All his family is financially depend on him. His family owns a small grocery shop with an area of 13 square meters which was originally part of their house. Ikrami started working on the shop in 2014. The shop specialises in frozen vegetables for example carrots, corn and chickpeas and also chicken and fish. His monthly revenue is $430. The shop is located in a strategic neighborhood called “Saudi Neighborhood”. Ikrami has a good number of customers. His father worked as a construction worker but he stopped working because his permit expired. Ikrami has requested a loan form Reef Microfinance organization to expand his grocery store. He wants to buy 136 kilos of different kinds of fish, a refrigerator for the shop, 90 kilos of frozen vegetables and other items. Ikrami hopes to attract more customers and to increase his income so it can better cover his family’s needs.
UTT was happy to help him with a small business loan, interest and risk free, via Lendwithcare.org
Thursday, 01 June 2017
Bridge2aid in Tanzania - we donated €100 to help Jeanette in her project to volunteer project in Tanzania
"This year I will be taking part in a Phase 2 programme with Bridge2aid in Tanzania. Those of you who have been do supportive in the past will know that we volunteer in rural parts of east africa training local health workers to deliver emergency dental care and oral health education.
Phase two will involve me taking part in a team of Uk dentists and nurses training regional dental officers how to deliver the bridge2aid programme , thus empowering tanzanian dental professionals in their own right to take the training to their rural health officers into more remote areas than we as uk volunteers are currently able to access.
Three quarters of the world’s population has no access to the most simple dental pain relief, leaving billions to face a daily battle with pain in the toughest of life circumstances.
Bridge2Aid believes the impact of untreated caries on people’s lives is huge – and demands attention. There is a simple, affordable and effective way to make access to pain relief possible – train rural Health Workers to safely extract infected teeth and relieve pain. This is what we do.
Bridge2Aid empowers Health Workers who are already established and well respected members of rural communities, providing them with the skills, experience and equipment to help those in need. Training is carried out by volunteer dentists and dental nurses who spend approximately two weeks in East Africa with Bridge2Aid participating in a Dental Volunteer Programme.
Since 2004, 3.1 million people in East Africa have been given access to safe emergency dental care because of Bridge2Aid’s training programmes. We need your support to help us train and equip more Health Workers in developing countries. Help us eliminate dental pain and suffering to improve quality of life in a growing number of rural communities."
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Today we've donated £200 to the East Africa Crisis Appeal - and thanks to the BIG GIVE match funding programme that has been doubled to £400
In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, drought and conflict have left millions of people in immediate need of food, water and medical treatment. More than 16 million people in the region do not know where their next meal will come from and children are at the risk of dying from starvation. - See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/dec-launches-east-africa-crisis-appeal.html#sthash.WcR6N0HC.dpuf
Friday, 17 March 2017
Lady Lima is a 23-year-old micro-entrepreneur. She is a single mother of a 5-year-old girl and they both together live in Catamayo, a canton in the province of Loja, Ecuador. She has been working in the preparation and sale of food for eight years. At the beginning, she used to sell her products as a street vendor. Later the Municipality assigned hawkers and street vendors a place for them to work during the evening so that they could develop a more stable business. She prepares food during the day and sells it in the evenings. She started working with her mother and now she administers the stall by herself because her mother had to retire. She is pleased because she has grown up with her business. Now, she even has formed a sellers’ association n order to better organize their sales and not to compete against each other. She has been able to raise her daughter via the income from her small business, as she gets no other financial support. She also helps her mother and siblings. She usually sells an average of $ 900 per month which leaves her a profit of c$ 350. We've helped her buy more raw materials for preparing meals, allowing her to buy in bulk and increasing profitability and productivity. She will also buy new tables and chairs with the money from ourselves and others.
Monday, 06 March 2017
Mom Rong Mrs Rom is 32 and has three children, she lives in Preytoteng Village, Otaki Commune,Cambodia . One child is a toddler, the other two are at school. She and her husband have three hectares of land on which they grow naturally irrigated, seasonal rice. Their present yield is consistently around four tons per hectare, and is supplemented by the rental of six more hectares from local villagers. Renting land is expensive (around $150 a hectare) and provides no capital benefit. To reduce rental costs, improve their overall profitability and create a long term asset, the family wish to buy an extra hectare of naturally irrigated paddy. We, among others, via Lend With Care, are happy to help them achieve this goal.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Muhammad Sajid is 29 years old and single. He has two brothers and four sisters, all of siblings are adult, married and live independently. Sajid lives with his elderly parents in Lahore, Pakistan. He and his father run a greengrocers’ business. They sell various seasonal vegetables from a vegetable stall in the wholesale market. Their primary customers tend to be small vegetable vendors and vegetable shop owners and at times, individual consumers as well. Sajid and his father make a monthly sum of 20,000 Rupees (approx. $192). Both he and his father work extremely hard to earn a living for their family. He now wants to expand his business and has requested for a loan. He will buy larger quantities of vegetables like potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes etc. from the farmers’ market. He hopes that with more vegetables to sell he can increase his overall income and make a better living for his family. We're happy to help.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Sughran Bibi is 49 years old and married, living in Lahore, Pakistan. She operates a small business where she makes and sells artificial flowers. She has been working in this business for almost 10 years and makes an average of 12,000 Rupees (approx. $115) in a month. She mostly supplies the flowers to retail shops in Anarkali Bazaar in the city of Lahore. She has two daughters and a son. Her elder daughter helps her in the business while her son of age 18 is a salesman at a retail shop. He makes a monthly sum of 10,000 Rupees (around $95). Her husband old and is incapable of work anymore. Sughran wishes to expand her business and we've helped her buy raw materials to make artificial flowers. Thanks to the generosity of UTT guests we've been able to help this family help themselves.
Monday, 06 February 2017
Emily Siaboc is a 36 year old. She has four children ages 17, 15, 13 and 11 years old. All of her children are attending local school.
Her husband is Venerando is 40 years old and working with the construction site. Emily has been in food vending for the last 8 years now. She sells ice pops, ice candy, bananas and other homemade delicacies. She buys all her products from a trusted supplier near her home. Emily sells her products in front of a school during the day and in the afternoon. We're happy to help her improve her stall and help her family - thanks to UTT guests
Monday, 23 January 2017
Pal Thouk from Poy Wat Village, Changha Commune, Cambodia is 34 years old and currently grows rice eight hectares. He has three children, aged between 13 and 3 years old, the older one is at school. He collects his rice crop once a year, normally the yield is two tons and half per hectare. He rents another villager’s tractor to plough the land at a cost of around $60 per hectare. Apart from the expense he often has to wait until the tractor to rent is available and sometimes he falls behind and has harvesting problems. Together with Lend With Care we're helping him buy a walking tractor to bring efficiency to his farming activity. Thank you UTT guests!
Friday, 30 December 2016
Waris Maseeh is 46 years old and a resident of Badami Bagh in Lahore city, Pakistan. He started a school in his neighbourhood, and makes about 30-35,000 Rupees (around $334) every month. Waris is married and a father of five daughters, aged between 17>23, and a son, who is 19 years old. Two of his daughters teach at the school, while two of them are still completing their education. His second eldest daughter, aged 22, helps out with the household work. Waris is looking to improve his school facilities by opening up a fully functioning computer lab. His son who has recently completed his education will run the computer lab. Waris lacked an adequate sum to invest, so we (via charity Lend With Care) have helped him buy good quality computers and other accessories for the computer lab. His son and daughter will help run the lab and provide better quality education to the children. Thank you to UTT guests for helping us make this possible.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Nai Phin is 34 years old and she and her husband have been farmers for many years in Svay Chrom Village, Bovel Commune, Cambodia. We know Cambodia well, and have a special softspot for the country and her people. Nai and her family have a rice farm of eight hectares where they grow dry season rice. They normally have 3 tons per hectare and sell it directly to their local middleman. They have used their own tractor to plough the land for the last 5 years. Nai and her husband applied for a loan to cover their farming costs and a part of the loan is to help them buy a cow. We're very happy to help through the donations that we (and UTT guests) have made - thank you!
Friday, 23 December 2016
Lester Gonzaga is 25 and lives just outside the small town of Catamayo in southern Ecuador. Don Lester grows short cycle crops such as maize, tomatoes and beans, but also cultivates passion fruit or maracuya. He used to help his mother with farming and after completing secondary school started farming himself on land provided to him by his mother. He started growing maracuya on one acre of land. He has extended production and currently has around one hectare of land planted. The short cycle crops produce a more steady stream of income. He supports his mother and siblings with the income he earns. We're helping him pay two agricultural labourers he employs to help him on a temporary basis, to buy agricultural supplies and to buy some tools that he needs. Thank you for your help.
Sunday, 06 November 2016
Elara is a Mastin puppy found dumped near our cavehouses in Galera, Andalucia. A hunter found her in an irrigation ditch and then tied up outside an old cave in the pouring rain. Friends who live in Galera went to her rescue.
They've ound her a loving home in the UK with a single Mum, who has experience with Mastin dogs and now have to raise the money for puppy & rabies shots, wormer, microchip, kennelling and transport to UK. We've donated £100 to help. We know them personally, and trust them 100% to make sure this poor pup has a good life.
If you can donate anything to help, get her to UK that would be kind xxx
PS: Elara is one of Jupiter's moons.
Sunday, 06 November 2016
Jean-Claude Nshimiyimana from Hindiro Sector, Nyabihu District, Rwanda asked for help to re-stock his shop. He lives with his wife and their 3-year-old daughter. He has a shop where he sells things like cooking oil, salt, sugar, rice, mineral water, juice, tea, soaps, shoes, body oil etc. He chose to sell these products and many others because in the region where he lives, it is helpful to the community for them to be able to get these things close to them. With the funding that we (and others) have provided he'll be able to buy more products including sodas, assorted cookies, breads, and children’s shoes. On average he can earn about £153 per month after paying his expenses. He employs 3 people who help him in these activities and with increased capital he hopes to create work for more employees who would help him to get the goods and deliver them when necessary.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016
Didier Ntubareyose from Nyabihu District, Rwanda is a grain dealer who wanted help buying more cereals in bulk for selling in his shop. He also wanted to purchase a second grinder so that his customers can grind flour in his shop. He lives with his wife, his son and daughter. His children are still attending primary school. He wants to sell even more cereals in the future so that he can save money for his kids’ school and health insurance. He has been in this business for 6 years. In two years time he thinks he will have an annual stock of 80 tons of cereals, and we were happy to help.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Tarseem Irshad is 28 years old and lives in a locality of Lahore, Pakistan called Data Nagar. He lives with his wife, elderly mother, and one sister. He is the only person earning an income in the household. His sister is going to school. He is a photographer and filmmaker. He records wedding ceremonies and other events. He also does video editing and mixing on a computer. He has been doing this for the past 3 years and earns on average about 20,000 rupees per month (about $192). He uses all his earnings to manage household expenses (utilities and food and clothing). His computer is not working properly. Terseem Sahib wants to purchase a new computer with a faster processing speed as well video editing and mixing software license. Along with others (via lendwithcare.org) we've helped him out. Thank you!
Monday, 12 September 2016
Tsitsi Mudzivare started a business selling babywear, cosmetics, jewellery, perfumes, bags and various accessories, which she stocks from South Africa and sells in her native Harare, Zimbabwe. The business is situated in the Harare Central Business District and she employs a girl who assists her in selling as well as restocking. Tsitsi is a married mother of three children.
We've helped her boost her stock, adding more variety to meet the needs of her various clients. These include jewellery for weddings, and a new range of cosmetics. When she sells her stock she'll better be able to support her family. Thank you for your help!
Friday, 09 September 2016
Orn Saing is 49 years old and has three kids, aged between 11 and 29 years. She lives in Poy Kdoeurng Village, Preah Net Preah Commune, Cambodia. Her youngest is at school while her older is already working. Orn farms wet season rice over 2 hectares. To strengthen her working capital in preparation for a new planting season, she has taken a loan to buy another plot of land of around one hectare to increase her produce. Next time she could be farming rice in her own 3 hectares of land, thanks in part to us providing funds (along with others). She will hire ten villagers to help her on both planting and collecting the crops.
Tuesday, 06 September 2016
Mrs. Bui Thi Ly lives with her husband and their 10 year old child in an old house in Xom village, Nam Son commune in Vietnam. They are a traditional farmer family, earning a living through growing rice on a 1400 sq. meter plot of land and raising 2 buffaloes and 30 chickens. Her monthly income is around 95 USD. We've provided £595 (and paid for all administration) so that Mrs Ly can buy materials to improve her farmland and crop. She plans to buy a bicycle for her child to get to school with the additional income from the next harvest. We're happy to help.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Tsitsi is a hairdresser from Zimbabwe. She is a 33 year old who has three dependants who are all still in school. She is married and lives in Tynwald South, a suburb of Harare. As well as being a hairdresser she also does cross-border trading to help support her family. She has taken a loan of $600 to improve her salon with mirrors, chairs and redecoration. She will also increase her stock of hair extensions, hair relaxers and other hair products that her clients need. We are happy to help!
Thursday, 07 July 2016
Muhammad Aslam is a fancy yarn weaver. He is married and has one son and one daughter. One of his children is old enough to get an education. Aslam-sahib lives with his family in Badami Bagh, an area of the city of Lahore. Although he works hard to support his family, it is really hard to manage all of his household expenses. Aslam-sahib is the only earning member of his household. He makes fancy yarn which he then sells to shopkeepers. The yarn is later used for necklaces and other jewellery items. He has been in this business for the last 14 years. He earns about 19,000 rupees (about £139) per month. Aslam-sahib wants to help his family by expanding his carpet-weaving business. With increased income he hopes to provide a better life for his family. We were happy to help.
Tuesday, 05 July 2016
Pos Dan is 32 years old and lives in Dambouk Bun Village, Anlong Vil Commune, Cambodia. He farms rice on a land size of two and a half hectares. He grows wet season rice. Growing wet season rice allows him to collect around three tons of crops per hectare to complete market demand. The middleman buys all of his crops from his home after his crops are harvested and collected from the field. When he gets free time from his rice farming activity he works for other villagers; for example carrying their rice sacks, or he works as construction worker. He earns around $8 a day from his extra work. To farm his wet season rice he asked for funds to purchase seeds and pay for the ploughing cost of the rice paddies (one hectare costs $60). We're happy to help.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Sreymao Phan is a farmer from Bovel District in Battambang province in north-western Cambodia. We're familiar with the area of Battambang and its wonderful people. For the last five years or so she has been cultivating rice and cassava. She usually harvests around two tonnes of rice. She has a separate larger area of land measuring around four hectares where she grows cassava. She can usually harvest around 80 tonnes of cassava root. She has been renting an additional three hectares to increase the area she has under cultivation. She pays a total of $750 per year to rent the land. Sreymao requested a loan in order to pay for the costs of ploughing her land. The machinery costs $80 per hectare. She also intends to cover the cost of the annual rent, and pay 10 labourers to help with the harvesting and planting. However, the vast majority of the loan it to buy fertiliser and seeds. We're happy to provide money to help her develop her farm.
Friday, 17 June 2016
We recently hired local DJ Alec Downie to DJ for a wedding party at utt's La Veranda. Alec cares passionately about the conditions of dogs and cats in Andalucia, and works tirelessly to aid their lives. He offered to work for free in exchange for a donation to a charity he helps with - Spayathon - which tries to reduce the number of dogs and cats in distress by offering free spaying to stray and other dogs and cats. By doing this they manage to reduce the number of animals suffering in the Andalucia region and we were delighted to help. We've seen their work first hand, and they really make a difference. Click the link if you'd like to help, or could help rehome a dog or cat from them.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
UTT regular and friend Audrey Gillan is spending her Bank Holiday weekend in Calais helping out at the Refugee Community Kitchen there. If we weren't in Spain with a newborn baby we'd go and help out ourselves...but as we can't we've given her £100 to buy essential foodtsuffs that the kitchen has asked for (spices, lentils etc)...and the local Asian shop from where they'll be sourced has kindly also offered a discount. Many thanks to Audrey for volunteering, and to all the good people who help in the kitchen there. They cook around 1500 meals a day (and rising) on limited means, helping people to help themselves.
Friday, 29 April 2016
Poeurt Chan from central Cambodia has been earning a living from farming for the past 40 years. Presently she has grown cassava on around five hectares of land. She harvests after around ten months, generally collecting around 20 tons per hectare. A merchant buys her cassava roots directly from her farm after the cassava has already been chopped. She also hires around ten people to assist her in both planting and chopping the cassava. Poeurt requested a loan in order to pay for ploughing the land (one hectare costs around $40) and to help her pay for labouring costs. We were very happy to offer her a £200 interest free loan and cover administration costs.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Besita James from Malawi (Africa) is 26 years old and has one child who goes to school. She runs a small business selling groceries and household products. She required a loan in order to buy more body lotions, soap, sugar, salt, bread, snacks, cooking oil and rice for her business. She started the business to enable her to pay for accommodation and clothes for her family. Her business has been running for 6 years and in the future she hopes to be able to use her profits to open a shop at the local market and to buy a plot of land to build her own house. We lent her £186 and covered administration costs.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Mrs. Ha owns a small business that sells general items in Lam Luu village in central Vietnam, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Her eldest child does casual work and her younger child is a high school student. Mrs. Ha started her business 14 years ago. Back then her store only sold milk, candies and biscuits. But now it’s growing well. Mrs. Ha tries to diversify the items she sells. She sells shampoo, detergent, sauces, spices, rice, plastic buckets and many other things. Mrs. Ha has applied for a loan to boost her current selling business and we've given her £150 interest free. The loan will be used to repair her store and restock it with new ranges of general items. Mrs. Ha will return the loan within 24 months, and we'll then pass the money to new projects.
Saturday, 09 April 2016
We met Ared and his friends on the street outside the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They make their living by selling books on Cambodia to tourists who visit the Palace complex. All three have physical disabilities, but rather than asking for charity (which would be completely acceptable in Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world) they print and sell books on the street with a smile. We admired their entrepreneurial spirit, and gave Ared c£50 to allow him to purchase or print more books from which he could profit.
Sunday, 06 March 2016
Charity Chileshe is 39 years old and married with four children, who are in school. She lives with her family in the Chipata district of Eastern province Zambia. Charity runs a stall selling different types of cosmetics, like face powder, lipstick, nail polish and perfumes. The income from her stall, along with that from her husband raises funds for her children’s education and to improve the living conditions of her family. We've loaned her £75 interest free to buy more stocks of powder, nail polish, perfumes and eye liners for her stall. Her ambition is to provide quality education for her children and provide the daily necessities of the family. She hopes she can generate more income from her business so that she can build her own stall to work from.
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Mr. Heang Howurn grows paddy field of wet season rice in Boeng an Lok villahe, Cambodia. We’re out in Cambodia ourselves at the moment, and daily impressed by the warmth and kindness of the Cambodian people. Mr Howurn collects two and a half tons of crops per hectare for sale on the market. As well as around nine tons of cassava roots per hectare from his general farmland. To get more cassava roots for sale on the market Heang rents another plot of land that is around six hectares. The renting cost for this piece of land is around $200 per hectare. He uses his own tractor to plough his farm. He has been doing this for the past five years. Using his own tractor helps him cut down the cost for renting a tractor and he is able to plough the land on time. To get a strong working capital on his rice and cassava farming he asked ‘Lendwithcare’ for a loan in order to purchase materials, diesel for the tractor to plough the land, money to pay for renting the land and cover the labour costs of harvest. We’ve given him an interest-free loan of £75 to help him achieve his farming project this year.
Saturday, 27 February 2016
Sugarcane is the main source of income for farmers living in Man Duc commune in Vietnam. Mrs. Bui Thi Mai and her husband are sugarcane growers like others in the village. They own a field of 4500 square meters and take care of their sugarcane plantation on it. Sometimes they raise livestock like ducks or chickens. What they raise depends on their local region’s demand.
Mrs. Mai wants to borrow a small loan to start a new sugarcane crop. The harvest day for her current crop is just a few weeks away. The loan will be used to buy young sugarcane trees and fertilizer for this year’s crop. We've loaned her £150 and paid the admin so all the £150 goes to her.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Vayness Mbewe from Malawi is 24 years old. She is married with 2 children who depend on her. Vayness owns a grocery business. She would like to use her loan to buy more groceries, fish and rice to stock up her business. She started the business to be able to provide food and clothing for her family. She works by the side of the road and has been running her business for eight years. Her husband helps with the activities of the business. She plans to open a much bigger grocery business and also build a house for her family. Previous loans have enabled her to reduce the levels of poverty in her home and she has also bought a car. We helped complete her requested loan to support her and her family.
Monday, 08 February 2016
Daisy Laboga is a 31 year old married woman. Soon she’ll give birth to her second child. Her eldest is studying in elementary level. She is married to Biane who is 38 years old. They all live in the village of Sudlon 2 which is in Cebu province in the Philippines. Daisy and Biane are both engaged in farming. This has been their source of income for the past fifteen years. They mainly grow crops including aubergines, beans and cucumbers. Their harvested crops are being delivered to the Cebu city public market. The profit they earn from the past harvest has been very helpful for them especially in building their house, although it is not totally finished yet. Daisy currently employs two workers to help them in taking care of their crops. Daisy has requested a loan from the MFI, Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative, in order to buy tools and materials for their farm. She has been a member of the organisation for six years and completed several past loans. Daisy hopes for a regular and good harvest to help with the costs of raising her second child. We're very happy to help her help her family.
Saturday, 23 January 2016
Parveen Bibi is 29 years old and married. She has a son. Her husband sell fish and earns about 9,000 rupees (around $87) a month. They live in an area called ‘Muhala Doshera Ground’ in the city of Kasur. Her son is not of school age yet. Perveen stitches shawls used in winter and sell them to people in her neighborhood and in Kasur market. She buys all her fabric and sewing supplements from ‘Kasur’ and earns approximately 7,000 rupees per month. She has been running this business for the last nine years. Their household expenses are often high so they have to spend all of their earnings in managing their household expenses. Parveen wants to buy clothes in bulk to get a discount. She wants a loan to do a bulk purchase to get the discount. The bulk purchase will increase her profit margin.
Monday, 18 January 2016
Zeeshan Ali is 20 years old and lives in Singh Pura, which is an area of Lahore in Pakistan. He is single and has two brothers, one sister and mother. Two of his siblings attend school. His elder brother works and earns 14,000 rupees per month. Zeeshan runs a traditional embroidery business locally called ‘Silma Sitara’. His finished clothes are commonly worn by ladies on special occasions such as wedding events or festivals. He started this business about two years ago and manages to earn 12,000 rupees (around $115) per month. He receives orders from retailers from different markets, especially Anarkali Bazar.
Zeeshan Sahib visits the retailers, who provide him with the designs they want, and then he buys the necessary clothes and beads from a local market. He wants to raise his income and needs some running capital to invest. He requested an interest-free loan to make a bulk purchase of the materials that he uses; specifically, chiffon clothes, pearls, stones, and fancy yarn in greater lengths and quantities.
Thank you for helping us help Zeeshan with his business.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Mrs. Ha is a drink seller living in Phung Chi Kien, Bac Kan. She is 36 and married with one child age 15, who is attending high school. Her husband is a salaried driver with a monthly income of 160 USD. To gain more income, Mrs. Ha sells some popular types of drinks in a rented store near her house. Among the drinks she sells the most are coffee, hot tea and soft drinks.
Mrs. Ha is determined to make her business grow bigger to get more income. She plans to buy 20 coffee makers, 50 big glasses and 50 smaller ones. She also intends to buy 20 kilograms of coffee powder.
Friday, 01 January 2016
Mrs. Linh is 22 and living in Group 12 of Phung Chi Kien. Her kid is nearly one and her mother-in-law is 53. Mrs. Linh’s husband helps her a lot with caring for the baby and with the business as well. Mrs. Linh hires a store where she provides haircut services. Her customers are mostly residents living nearby. She started this business just one year ago.
Mrs. Linh has asked for loan to buy two new hair rinse tables and other necessary equipment. She also intends to buy shampoos and hair gel etc. The loan will greatly help her with her investment. Mrs. Linh will pay the loan back in 24 months.
Friday, 01 January 2016
Bibi Khatoon lives in Hussain Park, an area of Lahore. She is 50 years old and married with one son and one daughter. Both of her children are getting an education. Her husband works and earns 15,000 rupees per month. She decided to start her own business about five years ago. She thought she should also earn, so she can contribute income in managing household expenses. She sells unstitched cloth used to make women’s clothing, as well as ready-made clothing from her home to women who live locally. Bibi Khatoon earns a profit of around 5,000 rupees (about $48) per month. She wants to expand her business and applied for a loan which she will use to buy more clothes of the latest designs from wholesalers. The loan is for 20 months.
Friday, 01 January 2016
Mavis has asked for a loan so she can restock her stall with clothing and shoes before the festive season.
One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity. Mavis Denga is aged 35 with 3 children. Her husband Jacob Mutoredzanwa installs and repair baking equipment. Mavis and her husband reside in Budiriro, a suburb in Harare. Mavis is a cross-border trader and she mainly crosses to Tanzania and South Africa. In Tanzania she restocks clothes for men and women, babywear and jewellery. In South Africa she restocks kitchenware. She has been in this business for many years and this has improved her way of doing business. She joined Thrive with other business ladies and named their group Aim Higher. They went through the business trainings to enhance their business knowledge.
Mavis has been aiming higher from the day they formed their group. She has received her fourth loan and she has utilized the previous loans well. The last two loans she took on an individual basis as other group members dropped off along the way. She managed to increase her business value and diversified her lines of products. She does mobile selling and her profits helped her purchase a business vehicle. This has helped her increase her mobility and efficiency to customers. Currently she is selling from the boot of her car, moving from place to place.
Most children and parents enjoy festive season and spend much of their incomes and savings for the year on clothes and food. Mavis has found this consumption as an opportunity to grow her business. She is planning to capitalize on this relaxation in spending habits. She wants to go and restock clothing for both young and old and shoes from Tanzania in order to address the demand during the festive season.
Friday, 18 December 2015
Mrs. Chenda Van has been a rice farmer for ten years. Her farm land is sixteen hectares. She grows wet season rice. She collects around three tons of crops per hectare to be able to meet the market demand. Since she farms her rice paddy in a big land she invested in buy her own tractor to plough her land. She has been using her own tractor for farming for the past ten years. Using her own tractor helps her cut the farming cost and she is able to farm on time. She is applying for a loan in order to buy commercial fertilizer, insecticide, weed killer, diesel for the tractor to plough the land and cover the harvesting cost during collecting the crops.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015
Zeeshan Anwar is a seamstress. He is 21 and lives with parents and and one sister. He lives in Badami Bagh in the city of Lahore. His sister is studying. Zeeshan and his mother are running the business of sewing readymade clothes. He visits market to buy fabric and sewing supplements as well to get orders of work. His mother at home cut the fabric according to different sized and then stitches the clothes. Together they manage to earn 14,000 rupees per month. They are hardworking and motivated persons. Working hard to provide good education and living standard. Zeeshan requested a loan in order to purchase fabric in bulks. He hopes they could sew more clothes and earn better. He promises to pay back the loan in 17 installments.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Rashid Ali is applying for a loan so he could purchase mobile accessories and mobile cards. He has been running mobile phone shop from last 12 years.
Rashid Ali lives in Lahore in an area called Badami Bagh. He is 22 years old and single. He lives with his parents, 4 brothers and two sisters. Two of his brothers of age 19-21 support their household by working and they earn 21,000 rupees per month collectively. He runs his shop in rented place (rent is 6,000 rupees). He sells cell phones cases, batteries, chargers, hands free cables, data cables, mobile pouches and calling cards. His customers are passersby and people lives around the area. He earns 12,000 rupees per month. He thinks there is demand for more products but he has no money to invest as he has been using all earnings to cover household expenses. He has applied for a loan. He will buy calling cards, used mobiles, mobile casings, and chargers from the main Mobile market.
Thursday, 09 December 2010