Schools and Community fundraising

 

Why get involved

Community and schools groups can be set up by anyone, anywhere, to bring together like minded people to raise funds and awareness for MicroLoan. It is a great opportunity for you to get together with friends, meet you people and learn more about what we do. All funds raised will go towards our work as we support some of the poorest women start their own businesses and lift their families out of poverty.

Our existing groups have organised events like quiz nights, restaurant evenings, musical events, talent showcases, tea parties and so much more. As a member of a group, you will become part of #TeamMicroLoan, helping us spread the charity’s message around the local community, schools and churches.

Community groups:

Our West London Community Group raised an amazing £25,000 for the charity last year, a great example of what can be achieved.

We are always looking to engage with supporters and their communities – we’d love to hear from you if you were interested in forming your own community group. We would you help you come up with a yearly plan for what you wanted to achieve and raise. Any events you organised would be promoted across our channels and you would have a dedicated MicroLoan team member to support you with logistics. For more information please get in touch.

Schools:

We want your school to join Team MicroLoan! There are various ways that your school can help us fundraise. We’ve  created two specific challenges that you can get your school involved in whether you are a student of a teacher.

Team MicoLoan Challenge: 

This is a termly challenge that asks students to use their creativity and group working skills to organise a fundraising event to hold for other students. This could be a great way for students to fulfil their enrichment or community service responsbilities. We have put together a short Team MicroLoan Presentation that gives  you more information about the challenge. We’d love to hear from you if you are a pupil or teacher interested in making your school part of Team MicroLoan – please email contact@mlf.org.uk and direct your message to Laliesha.

The ”Start Something” challenge:

A challenge that gives students four weeks to create a microenterprise and earn as much profit as possible. Again this could run as a termly challenge with two initial weeks of preparatory work and then four weeks of active fundraising. We want schools to offer students a chance to showcase and develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Teams of up to ten can enter, with each group coming up with their start-up capital (we have seen students putting forward £1 each to use as their start up). The groups then have four weeks to turn it into as much as they can, using their own talents, energies and imagination to devise money making schemes such as car washing, biscuit baking, bring and buy sales…the sky is literally the limit.

The Start Something challenge teaches students about the reality of business, just like the women that MicroLoan work with in Africa.

Full details about the Start Something challenge can be found here.

Universities:

We have student groups in universities across the UK who fundraise for us and spread the word about MicroLoan to their campus and student networks.

If you would like to set up a group you’ll get a dedicated member of the MicroLoan team to help you on your journey and give you support with all your fundraising activities throughout the year. For more information please email contact@mlf.org.uk or call 020 8827 1688.