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About us is an initiative from CARE International UK in association with The Co-operative.

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CARE International UK


CARE International UK is part of the CARE International confederation, which is one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations.

CARE fights poverty and injustice in 87 countries around the world to help the world’s poorest people find routes out of poverty. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives in the aftermath.

CARE’s mission is to create lasting change in poor communities and put money where it is needed most:

94 pence in every pound goes towards our poverty fighting programmes - that’s one of the highest rates among all the UK aid agencies.

CARE and women
CARE tackles the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognising that women and girls suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, increase access to quality healthcare and expand economic opportunity for all.

CARE International is non-religious and non-political, allowing us to deliver humanitarian and development assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, political view or sexual orientation.

With more than 60 years’ practical and hands-on experience, our programmes tackle the deep-seated root causes of poverty, not just the consequences.

More than 90 per cent of our 13,000-plus staff are locally-hired, and we increasingly look to work alongside local organisations.

To find out more about how we are helping to transform lives right now, click here.

Lendwithcare is currently active in Togo, Benin, The Philippines Cambodia, Ecuador, Malawi, Pakistan

and Zambia.


Our expertise in microfinance


We are dedicated to helping people transform their own lives. And we think microfinance is the ideal way to do it.

Our innovative solutions enable poor communities – especially vulnerable, marginalised women – to find sustainable ways to earn a decent living.

Working with global organisations, local microfinance institutions (MFIs) and poor people directly, we provide much-needed access to basic financial services and entrepreneurial training. This helps entrepreneurs start and develop their own businesses - and build a better future for themselves and their families.

Our track record in microfinance is unprecedented. CARE International pioneered a methodology called Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), which offer savings and credit services to communities without banks or MFIs. Pioneered in Niger, this life-changing scheme has spread to 20 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and reached over one million people.

And we are currently implementing a new programme called Access Africa, supported by corporate partners such as IBM and Barclays, to help women in sub-Saharan Africa access financial services and learn business skills.    

But we believe that the real potential of microfinance is still to be realised. Most of the world’s poorest people still have no access to basic financial services – and little hope of lifting themselves out of poverty.

That’s why we set up lendwithcare. And that’s why we need your support.

To find out more about our microfinance programmes all over the world, click here.

100% of the money loaned through lendwithcare goes to the entrepreneur so please consider becoming a “lendwithcare angel” and making a monthly donation to help us expand lendwithcare to even more countries and help more people out of poverty.



The Co-operative


The Co-operative Group (The Co-operative) stands apart from other major businesses in the UK as an organisation which is owned, not by investor shareholders, but by over six million consumer members. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and Britain’s largest farming operation.

As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies some 50 commitments in these areas.



Tackling Global Poverty


The Co-operative believes that when undertaken equitably, trade and finance have an unparalleled capacity to enhance quality of life, and are proud to have led the way for over 165 years. Today, The Co-operative is doing more than ever across its family of businesses to help tackle global poverty, through ethical trade, co-operative support, ethical finance and campaigning, and over a million people benefit from its work each year. In the same way The Co-operative pioneered Fairtrade, which is about supporting producers to trade their way out of poverty, will allow it to lead the way in helping turn entrepreneurs’ plans into life-changing opportunities.