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Lendwithcare.org
Lendwithcare Logo.PNG
Founded April 2010
Founder CARE
Type Non-profit organisation
Focus Microfinance and microloans
Location
Area served
Cambodia, The Philippines, Togo, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vietnam
Website http://www.lendwithcare.org/

Lendwithcare is a microfinance lending website from the development charity CARE International UK.[1] Launched in September 2010, it allows individuals and groups to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, and help them work their way out of poverty. It supports entrepreneurs in Cambodia, Togo, Benin, The Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vietnam and Ecuador through partner microfinance institutions (MFIs). It does not charge any interest on the loans made to entrepreneurs by supporters - the MFIs do.

By 2015, over 21,000 lenders loaned almost £6m to around 17,000 entrepreneurs.[2]

The process[edit]

Lendwithcare works with a number of partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the countries in which it operates. If the MFI is happy with an entrepreneur's idea or business plan, they approve the proposal and provide the initial loan requested. They also help the entrepreneur construct their profile for lendwithcare.org.

Lenders can browse the list of entrepreneurs on the website, read about their businesses, see the value of the loan they have requested, the percentage of the loan already provided by other lenders, and then choose an entrepreneur to lend to. Once the entrepreneur's loan is fully funded, the money is transferred to the MFI to replace the initial loan already paid out to the entrepreneur. During this process lenders receive progress updates regarding the entrepreneur's progress. The entrepreneur gradually pays back their loan according to a repayment schedule. The MFI transfers these repayments to CARE International who then credits the payment into lenders' lendwithcare.org accounts. Lenders can then either withdraw their money using a PayPal account or can use the credit to provide a loan to another entrepreneur.[3]

History[edit]

  • 2010 - Lendwithcare.org launched in September.
  • 2012 - launch of group lending feature to allow members of churches, sports teams, co-operatives etc to lend as a group of individuals.

Partner MFIs[edit]

Ambassadors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Rupert (19 August 2011). "Lending small business a hand". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Gould, Hannah. "What you should know about fintech and its positive powers". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Jones, Rupert (10 August 2013). "Lendwithcare offers helping hand to world's poorer entrepreneurs". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Association des Caisses de Financement à la Base". Mix Market. Microfinance Information Exchange. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.ccsf-cambodia.com/
  6. ^ "Lendwithcare partnership". SEEDFINANCE Corporation. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  7. ^ http://wagestogo.org/
  8. ^ Dooley, Stacey. "Lending Is the New Giving". The Huffington Post. Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Meaden, Deborah. "Deborah travels to Cambodia to support entrepreneurs". Deborah Meaden. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lend with care: Alastair Stewart visits a Bosnian fundraising scheme". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 

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