We are a different sort of financial institution. Our microfinance services are integrated into the development of the work of World Vision who carry out development programmes in health, water, sanitation, education and economic development. Together we work to improve the lives of children living in poverty.
Working within these area development programmes, our microfinance support enables people to develop a reliable source of income and a livelihood. This is often the difference between subsistence living and making a small profit to improve food quality, health or to send children to school.
Working with World Vision
Our partnership with World Vision demonstrates our full approach which we believe is not just for physical survival but living a rich and fulfilling life. For over 60 years World Vision has worked with the poorest and most desperate communities of the developing world. Inspired by the needs of Korean war orphans, World Vision has grown into one of the largest Christian development organisations in the world.
Now working in nearly 100 countries World Vision improves the lives of children and their families through long-term commitment to their communities. This might be through providing clean water or better access to food, or by providing education or training to ensure communities thrive economically.
As well as helping communities to become sustainable, World Vision advocates for people in danger or without a voice; to provide safety from sex trafficking or representation for child exploitation. In addition World Vision is often the first to respond in times of crisis or emergency, whether providing food and water to flood victims or shelter and safety to those caught up in war.
Motivated by its Christian values World Vision serves all people regardless of their religion, race, ethnic background or gender. It seeks life in all its fullness for every child across the world.
The full impact of people moving away from long-term poverty is materialised when World Vision and VisionFund interventions work together.
By providing small loans and other financial services, we help people turn their ideas into small businesses to support their families. Our staff are known and trusted by the communities they serve. They understand their clients’ needs and their culture. As well as providing financial services, they also give trusted advice and share their know how to help our clients succeed in building sustainable enterprises.
With an average loan of just $300, the income our clients generate can make them financially self-sufficient to provide a better life for their families. This means fewer children in poverty and more children growing up in healthier and safer communities.
Our savings programmes can help those without other assets to cope when sickness strikes or when there is no regular income. We also provide micro-insurance in times of natural disaster and supports health improvement for illness or death.