Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and said to be the father of Taoism. Without realising you probably know several of his sayings and have thought about his philosophy.
One of my favourite of Tzu’s thoughts is:
Give a man a fish and he will eat for today; teach him how to fish and he will eat forever.
I practise this in many aspects of my life and in my philanthropy I am no different.
I truly believe that aid should enable. Of course, in an emergency food, medicines and shelter are invaluable. In non-emergencies, I prefer to help people support themselves.
So, I support LendwithCare. I am an ambassador, though I have yet to be invited to any parties with mountains of hazelnut flavoured chocolates.
Make a loan, change a life
– 100% of the loan goes to the person you choose
– Once the loan is repaid you can lend again, donate to CARE International or withdraw your money
– Lendwithcare is an initiative of international poverty-fighting charity CARE International UK
At its simplest LendwithCare is a P2P platform. That is it allows people to make loans to other people. In common with most P2P platforms it helps the recipient fund commercial activities. However, there is a big difference. LendwithCare works with development agencies to identify individuals and groups (called entrepreneurs) who are building commercial activities in countries with low levels of economic growth and high levels of poverty.
When I lend through LendwithCare, I can choose an entrepreneur. I prefer to go with food production. And my partner and I tend to support those raising pigs. We like pigs. There are 33 categories to choose from including butcher, baker and furniture maker.
We can also select based on gender, country and group/ individual. We reinvest our interest payments and donate to LendwithCare with each loan. I guess we top up our account by about £15 a year. And we help dozens of people each year.