About us

 

We bridge the gap between private sector companies, that want to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and community-embedded groups looking for microloans. 

Our story, and therefore our pilot project, starts with the Bidibidi refugee settlement in
Uganda. In partnership with the local organization "Afri-Youth Network" we are identifying specific business opportunities using a human-centered approach. Our team offers access to information, such as how to create a simple business plan, what is a realistic timeline, how to structure a financial plan, and tools to accompany the microloan.

Contrary to banks, private sector companies will give donations. Thus, the loans don't have to be paid back to the companies or us, but stay within the community, going to the next project. This way, we are creating a ripple effect.

We believe everyone can create their future and change the world - we are here to help jumpstart that process.

 

Why we do this

Our story starts with Malish James, a refugee, storyteller and founder of the Afri-Youth Network in Uganda’s Bidibidi refugee settlement. Exploring the challenges in Bidibidi with Malish, we discovered a problem we want to solve:

 

While the refugees in the community receive food aid from international organizations, they struggle to afford other basic commodities, such as new clothes for their children. So rather than eat the  food, they need to exchange it in order to supply their basic needs. Instead of having to use food as a
currency, we want to empower them to identify other sources of income.

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Our Vision

We want to see a world in which everyone has the means to create the life they dream of. By using a combination of human-centered approaches, storytelling and a digital platform, we want to raise donations from the private sector and distribute these as microloans in underserved communities. Instead of having to pay back the loan to a bank, the loan has to be paid back to the community. This way, the money can go to the next project, creating a ripple effect.

Our team

Janina Peter

Founder & CEO

Germany

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Danielle Marques

Co-Founder & Community 
Manager

Brazil

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Danielle
Marques

Founder & CFO

Janina
Peter

Founder & CEO

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Malish James

Co-Founder & Facilitator

South Sudan / Uganda

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Katharina Korte

Communication & Corporate Partnerships Manager

Germany

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Andreas Kästner

Operations Manager

Germany

Lucy Warachi

Communication Manager

Kenya

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Jaclyn Huang

Project Manager

Taiwan / Germany

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Oscar Tiego

Tech
Manager

Kenya

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Samuel
Kinuthia

Tech
Manager

Kenya

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Asra
Sayyeda

Fundraising
Manager

India / Germany

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YOU?

Join us!

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