Pageant is a small UK based charity, which provides help with education in The Gambia. We have provided furniture and equipment to schools throughout The Gambia, and helped with the construction and renovation of classrooms, school kitchens, staff-rooms and sports facilities. Pageant provides a service whereby members can sponsor individual students to enable them to complete their education. Poor health can adversely affect students' educational attainments, so Pageant works with village communities in the fight against malaria - distributing mosquito nets, and encouraging the cultivation of Artemisia annua, a plant with proven anti-malarial properties. In the wider community Pageant is helping with adult literacy as well as providing micro-loans to enable women to start small businesses.
31 December 2012
Many people in the world's poorest countries have benefited from micro-loans which enable them to set up their own small businesses. Micro-loans are for people who are too poor for normal banks to bother with. Start-up money usually comes from outside, but then schemes are run by local committees, and loans paid back by successful entrepreneurs are used to finance new loans. Micro-loans are a powerful instrument to lift third-world communities out of poverty. Pageant micro-loan scheme started in 2005 with 1500 Dalasis (about £35) being lent to each of six women in the village of Sika in The Gambia's North Bank region. This scheme has been a great success, with the eighth group of women receiving their loans in 2009. This scheme has produced enormous benefit to the local economy, and a spin-off was the establishment of the Sika Village Market. Another loan scheme was started in the village of Gunjur in 2009, and more schemes are being organised in other rural areas of The Gambia. Your donation will help to fund these new schemes.
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Pageant’s Loans Project
Please donate to Pageant's Loans Project by clicking the 'Donate now' button. Your donation will help Pageant to set up new micro-loan schemes in more rural villages in The Gambia.
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