Gok’s charity of the month – July: Lendwithcare.org

lendwithcare.org logoHello my darlings, yes it is true, July has hit us already! I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine wherever in the world you are!

I have found a way to combine my two biggest passions – charity and fashion! It really is an amazing way for you to engage in this and become part of helping someone to build a future. Please read on about my charity of the month for July, the incredible Lend with Care, and see how you can help support people who need it most.

Hugs and summer kisses


Lendwithcare.org: lending is the new giving!
As fans of Gok’s, we know you love fashion: the clothes, the shoes, the bags… We think you’ll also love the opportunity to invest in someone for whom clothes and shoes are a way to make a living in the most challenging circumstances. Someone from a poor community, who’s trying to start or expand their small fashion business. They don’t want to be the next Stella McCartney; they simply want to feed their families and send their children to school.

Seamstress, tailor, clothes retailer…
Through Lendwithcare.org, you can view the profiles of entrepreneurs from all over the world and choose someone whose small business you would like to support. You can lend them anything from £15, and follow the progress of their growing business. You can see how your loan is helping them improve their lives. And guess what? They’ll pay you back. You can keep that money, or re-lend it- recycling your £15 again and again, helping person after person.

You can also choose people working in other industries: farmers, food producers…even rickshaw drivers! The one thing they all have in common is that you can be what they need to thrive. It’s not a hand-out, it’s a hand up. A way to help them work their way out of poverty, and offer their children a more hopeful future.

La Morm, seamstress from Cambodia
La used to scrape a living working alone as a seamstress in a small village near Battambang, Cambodia. Through Lendwithcare.org, she used a loan to buy five sewing machines. Now, for a small fee, La teaches girls from her community how to sew. Together they make garments to sell locally, sharing the profits. When the girls are trained, they get to keep their sewing machine, gradually paying La back in instalments- and can start their own sewing business. La then replaces the machine, and takes on another student. Thanks to Lendwithcare, La has improved her income and is changing lives of girls in her village. She does it, she says, “Because I treasure my community.”

Please make a loan and change a life. For less than a pair of Primark pumps, you can help a poor entrepreneur to live, earn and fulfil their potential.

And if you work in the fashion industry yourself, you can go one step further! CARE International, the leading poverty-fighting charity behind Lendwithcare, is looking for intrepid teams from across the fashion world to challenge themselves and challenge poverty in the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge. Take on a marathon on foot, bike and canoe amid stunning scenery while raising vital funds for CARE.

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