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.
The Mayankho Group
The Mayankho group are based in the district of Balaka in Malawi. The group is made up of 12 women who are all married and have children who rely on them.
The women are all running different small businesses in their community which include the selling of fish, vegetables, groceries and clothes. They require a loan to buy more products and boost their business.
We invested in their loan fund using profits from our Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 campaign, to help them get to their target, grow their businesses and support their community.
The Chitukuko Group
The Chitukuko Group is composed of 17 women based in Nkhotakota, Malawi. Some of the women are are married, others are divorced and widowed.The women in the group have a 95 dependents among them.
Between them they run various small businesses and they required a loan to order more stock and grow their businesses. One member of the group, Everyn, is 33 years old runs a small scale bakery. She applied for the loan to buy sugar, salt, bread flour, cooking oil and firewood for the business. She intends to use the proceeds to support he family. She has been running the business for 5 years and she started it to empower herself financially, support her family and pay basic bills. With this funding, she plans to open multiple outlets for her bakery business in the near future.
The Progress Tubombeshe Group
The Progress Tubombeshe group from Zambia has a membership of 11 women aged between 30 and 60. The women look after a total of 70 children, including 8 orphans. They run small scale businesses with the aim of reducing poverty levels in their families and being able to send their children to school.
They sell goods like salaula (second hand clothes), and vegetables to earn a living and some of them raise chickens. Most of their customers come from the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Jessy Chulu is 60 years old and a member of this group. She is married and has six children who are in school. She runs a stall selling salaula (second hand clothes) bedding and mosquito nets. She runs her business from her house. She started her business with the hope of being able to be financially stable and to be able to put her children through school. She is using her loan to order more stocks of bed sheets, mosquito nets and comforters. She is grateful to be able to contribute positively to the financial well-being of her family.