Pageant Loans

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£0.00 + £0.00 Gift Aid = £0.00
Donated to Pageant Loans’s £150.00 Goal

Micro-loans are targeted at people who are too poor for normal banks to deal with. Pageant’s scheme in The Gambia started in 2005 with 1500 Dalasis (approximately £20) lent to each of six women in the village of Sika in The Gambia's North Bank region. The innovative feature of Pageant's schemes is that each is administered locally and when the loans get repaid, the money is recycled to start a scheme with a new group of women. The Sika scheme produced enormous benefits to the local economy, a spin-off being the establishment of the Sika Village Market. Since then loan schemes have been started in Bakalarr, Gunjur, Jambanjelly, Siffoe, Kanikunda and Brikama. More schemes are being organised. Currently each participant gets 1800 Dalasis (about £30), so each scheme needs about £180. Your donation will help to fund one of these new schemes.

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All funds raised will be passed to Pageant irrespective of whether our appeal target is reached, not reached or exceeded. If funds are being raised for a specific purpose and, for whatever reason, this purpose is no longer valid, the funds will be transferred to the charity for general use.

The charity

Pageant passionately believes that education is a major force for improving the lives of poor people in developing countries.

The Gambia is a small poor country in West Africa. Though it has a well-developed tourist industry, back from the beach and up-river many people live on very low incomes. The Gambian state provides free primary education, but secondary schools charge tuition fees, and all students must provide their own uniform, books, writing materials etc. Around 40% of Gambian children never go to school because their families are too poor to pay and many more drop out after Primary school. Our sponsorship scheme enables many poor children to complete their education. Gambian schools often lack basic facilities, so Pageant helps by sending out donated furniture and educational items, and by funding building improvements.

Pageant is a small UK-registered Charity, providing urgently needed help for education in The Gambia. We rely on donations both of money and equipment. 100% of donations goes to fund our projects, as our members' annual subscriptions are used to pay for our running costs.

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Registered charity (no. 1093963).

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