The MicroLoan Foundation #startsomething event was a huge success. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the many guests present on the night, our Women’s Development Board, Christies Auction House and our dedicated volunteer team and staff, we raised over £30,000, which is incredible! Your support will play a very important part in transforming the lives of women in Malawi and Zambia forever – something we are all truly grateful for.
The evening was filled with several inspiring moments including speeches from Nick O Donohue, Chief Executive of the Big Society Capital on social investment, as well as Lynne Turner, the Global Finance Director at Christie’s and a member of MLF’s Women’s Development Board on why she supports the charity. Our very own Fundraising Director Sally Burton-Graham and Social Performance Manager Daniella Hawkins also took to the stage to talk about our clients and our work, delivering encouraging words and captivating the audience.
The evening consisted of a live auction, with a variety of fantastic prizes up for grabs, including, Natalie Coleman’s private dining experience, which auctioned for £5,000. Through money raised from the auction, raffle and donations, the event raised vital funds to help some of the poorest women in the world, feed their families, send their children to school and pay for life-saving medicines. We ensure this by offering hope, not hand-outs.
Ending on an important note, our founder and CEO, Peter Ryan, took to the stage to thank the guests for their support, remind us why MicroLoan’s work is so valuable and the significance of ‘women supporting women’. By providing small loans and ongoing business training and support, we are empowering women in rural Africa to set up micro-businesses and work themselves and their families out of poverty in a sustainable way.
The money raised from your generosity will be turned into small loans, for some of the poorest and most marginalised women. Poverty robs people of so much, but together we have the power to help women ‘start something’ and give them the hope and dignity they deserve.
Our efforts are only possible as a result of your generosity, and we thank you once again for coming along and supporting us.
If you would like to make a donation or fundraise for MicroLoan please visit our #startsomething page.