Student hosts live music night to support MicroLoan Foundation

Bexhill College Business Studies student, Florence Jenkinson, recently took part in our #TeamMicroLoan challenge and raised over £200.

This money will help us reach even more women. Providing them with the loans and training they need to start a business and begin their journey out of poverty.

Our Team MicroLoan challenge asks students to use imagination and organisational skills to plan, promote and host a fundraising event. They have six weeks to turn their ideas into an event and raise as much money as possible. When the terms ends we crown the school, team or individual that raises the most as Team MicroLoan Champions.

Getting involved

Florence decided to take part in the challenge after hearing about it in college; Bexhill College have previously competed in our Start Something Challenge.  Florence hopes to go on and study global economic development at university so felt this challenge was the best choice for her enrichment activities. It gave her an insight into her future path and pulled on the skills she was currently learning on her course.

“MicroLoan Foundation and the work you do got my attention straight away. From my perspective, you are giving these women a sense of hope, opportunity, and optimism for their futures.”
– Florence

Hosting an event

Having recently moved to the area, putting together an event was also a great way for Florence to get to know her local community and introduce them to the work of MicroLoan.

She decided to host a live music event at a local café bar where she works part time.

“Marie White, a local singer song-writer, agreed to perform at the event. She is fairly well known in our area so having her take part really helped with promotion.”

– Florence

Florence raised money for MicroLoan by selling freshly baked cakes, offering face painting and hosting a raffle. She wanted to make this a community event and was able to secure different prizes donated by a local businesses.

During her six week challenge Florence created and distributed posters, used social media and word of mouth to help spread the awareness of her event. With the support of the her co-workers she was able to attract a strong crowd of peers, regulars and locals.

MicroLoan really values the dedicated support from Bexhill College and students like Florence.  Last year in Malawi the average starter loan was just £22 – this means that Florence’s hard work has raised enough to provide an estimated 18 women with their first loans. This will allow them to take their first steps as entrepreneurs and begin their journey out of poverty.

“Florence has impressed us all with her MicroLoan fundraising event. Within the planning and execution of this event, Florence has taken her already impressive list of skills to a whole new level. Her confidence in her own abilities has grown exponentially since joining us and this culminated in a very well-thought out idea.”
                                                                                                – Sam Weller, Business teacher at Bexhill College

Do you want to join #TeamMicroLoan?

Head to the school and community fundraising page of our website to learn more about how your school could get involved with MicroLoan. This will give details about both our Team MicroLoan and Start Something challenges.