We help ethical businesses and social enterprises grow. We’re a support network and we provide business growth and marketing advice and training.
We’re also proud to support Lend With Care by using our profits providing microfinance loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Through Lend With Care we invest in entrepreneurs who are looking for financial support. Once they repay the loan, we choose another entrepreneur to invest in, and the process starts again!
So when you grow your business with #EthicalHour – you empower someone else to grow theirs too.
Find out who we’ve supported so far:
Katty Guaman is a seamstress from Loja, Ecuador. She has around two years work experience after learning tailoring from her aunt, who also helped her find her first customers and establish her business.
After completing high school she couldn’t afford to continue with her education so she set up her own business, starting with her aunt’s borrowed sewing machine. Katty subsequently bought her own machine and slowly developed her business working from a stall in one of the city’s shopping malls. She estimates that her monthly income is around $600.
Katty requested a loan to buy an industrial overlock sewing machine that will allow her to provide a better service and work more efficiently. therefore obtain greater profitability. Any remaining funds she will invest in sewing supplies.
We invested in Katty’s business in April 2017 with profits from our Fashion Revolution sponsorship campaign.
Me Van Thieng
Mr Me Van Thieng is a 50 year old farmer living in the Son La province located in North-East Vietnam. People there are facing many obstacles in their daily lives. To earn a living, Mr Thieng and his wife work on their farm – they have a small garden where they grow vegetables and sugar cane, but their garden is so small they can only grow enough for the family’s daily meals.
There is a rising demand for livestock products in the region and Mr Thieng wants to diversity his farm by adding livestock to breed. He has chosen to raise pigs because they are easy to look after. Once they are old enough her will sell them to the local market traders.
Mr Thieng requested a loan to buy the pigs and initial food for them. We invested in Mr Thieng’s farm in September 2017 with profits from our Fair Trade Month 2017 campaign.