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Why not support Purple Shoots? Some common objections (part 1)

Posted on 11th February 2021 | Uncategorized
Purple Shoots creates long term, sustainable change for the people we support. Our loans enable our borrowers to create businesses which provide a pathway for them out of debt and the benefits system and the hopelessness of unemployment. The economic and social impacts are huge both for them and for …

Why Self-reliant Groups

Posted on 26th January 2021 | Uncategorized
I was preparing recently for a talk about Self-reliant groups around the world and I thought it was worth a short article on why they are such a good thing – especially right now. I had the privilege of visiting groups in India 7 years ago and in Uganda 4 years …

The Case for Microfinance in the UK

Posted on 3rd December 2020 | Uncategorized
Microfinance is a third world term. It began there, in Bangladesh, and became spectacularly successful as a means of breaking cycles of poverty and debt in poor communities and enabling people to build their own futures, rather than remain dependent on predatory lenders or well-meaning programmes of help. In the UK …

Cardiff Christmas Market

Posted on 17th November 2020 | Uncategorized
Quite unbelievably given the circumstances this time around, Cardiff Christmas Market was not cancelled. Cardiff and Wales should probably get more accolades for preserving this great Christmas tradition in spite of everything. This makes us possibly almost unique in Europe in having our Christmas market as normal. The atmosphere in …