Spring News Letter

#StartSomething

Dear Supporter,

Hello and welcome to our Spring newsletter. When we last spoke in January our minds were on the terrible floods that beset Malawi. Today we bring you an update and report how your support made the world of difference.

We also share news of exciting activities to bolster our funds and help promote the great work of MicroLoan Foundation. Last night we met over 150 supporters at a special event at Christie’s organised by our Women’s Development Board. Nick O’Donohoe from Big Society Capital delivered a brilliant speech and we raised over £30,000.

May I take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your continued support.

Best wishes

Peter Ryan

CEO MicroLoan Foundation

 

Malawi Flood Crisis

The floods in Malawi have been devastating. UK supporters donated £3,000 and MLF Australia AU$14,000. MicroLoan partner Lend With Care wrote off loans. Branch Manager in the effected region, Rustica Panyanja, reported homes destroyed and people scattered to safety preventing any business operations. Funds raised are ringfenced to help our Loan Officers in the region help clients get back on their feet, writing off loans and making new loans available to quickly restock and re-establish. More needs to be done. Please donate if you can. Thank you.

Situation in Numbers15 Districts affected

173,000 People displaced

106 Deaths by floods

64000 Hectares of land flooded

148 Cholera cases reported

2 Cholera deaths

Latest Situation Report

 

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Rose’s House is almost completely washed away
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Veronica’s House is not safe after the floods
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64,000 Hectacre’s were flooded

 

#StartSomething

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We are delighted to announce that MLF is the subject of a BBC Lifeline Appeal being aired on May 17th. Business Leader and Micro Finance advocate Deborah Meaden has generously agreed to make a short film about our work. We will be upping our social media activity around the event. The underlining theme of this work is our new #StartSomething Campaign. Please retweet us and help us spread the word @MicroLoan

Huge thanks also to Gabby Logan for being the voice to a new animation explaining what we do: https://youtu.be/hZ3sXdzUIAo

 

In Other News

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Also in the news this week Malawi has raised the legal marrying age from 15 to 18. http://tinyurl.com/ChildMarriageMalawi