Launch partner - The Co-operative
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 eight million members.
The Co-operative was the launch partner of Lendwithcare and was, between 2011 and 2014, the title sponsor. Without The Co-operative and its members’ support for Lendwithcare to date, we would not have grown to our current scale, supporting entrepreneurs in ten countries with loans of over £4.6 million. The Co-operative and its members continue to support Lendwithcare on a less formal basis and is recognised as our launch partner.
You can find out more about The Co-operative’s work to tackle global poverty at: www.co-operative.coop/globalpoverty
Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice with over 40 offices worldwide that advises corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities on critical business and legal issues globally and locally. In January 2014, Hogan Lovells' staff worldwide chose lendwithcare as their global charity of the year through their global matched giving programme, Touch. Touch is based on the belief that the firm can do more collectively than individually and partners with global charities seeking to achieve the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Hogan Lovells supports Lendwithcare by making loans to entrepreneurs and providing the organization with pro bono legal advice.
Edison Investment Research
Edison connects companies and investors around the globe, and has a client base that stretches worldwide. We have over 400 corporate clients that sit within 10 different areas of sector specialism, and we provide them with a range of services including equity research, non-deal roadshows, commercial due diligence, perception audits and Edison TV executive interviews. We also work with many of the world’s largest asset managers to provide them with investment ideas and specialist advice.
Alastair Stewart OBE
Alastair Stewart OBE is a CARE International UK Ambassador. He is one of the UK’s most experienced and respected presenters, having anchored national news bulletins since 1983. He now presents ITV News at 1.30pm, co-presents ITV News at 6.30pm. He has been named Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year and, in 2006, was awarded the OBE for his work in broadcasting and for charity. Speaking about his trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina to see Lendwithcare in action he said “It is a moving experience to see how little, administered by caring and committed people, can take some of their fellow human-beings out of despair….It is impossible to describe how proud I am to support a charity at the heart of that process.”
Deborah Meaden, Ambassador
Deborah Meaden is a Lendwithcare Ambassador, she travelled to Cambodia in March 2011 to see first hand how Lendwithcare can help people work their way out of poverty. Deborah met our MFI partner CCSF and some entrepreneurs. Speaking after her visit Deborah said "I believe that providing the opportunity and framework for people to help themselves is the only sustainable way forward and I saw this very clearly on my trip to Cambodia. The people there are willing to work to repair their lives, they just need even the smallest of leg-ups to get them started."
Deborah Meaden is an entrepreneur and panelist on BBC's Dragon's Den.
Stacey Dooley, Ambassador
Stacey Dooley is a Lendwithcare Ambassador. She travelled to the Philippines in August 2011 and met some entrepreneurs. Speaking about her new ambassador role, Stacey Dooley said: "The first thing I thought when I heard about Lendwithcare was what a simple idea that could also be very effective. I think it's a great initiative and I'm made up that I was asked to help support it. I like that it's not a hand out, because these people aren't shy of work, in fact they're desperate to work. So it's not giving, it's just lending for a bit to help them out."
Stacey Dooley first shot to fame after her involvement in BBC Three series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts. She has now presented several series on BBC Three investigating issues including child labour in the garment industry in Nepal, child soldiers in Democratic Republic of Congo and the effects of tourism in Kenya.
A Third Sector specialist agency, Bluefrog and CARE International UK's relationship goes back well over a decade. The concept for a peer to peer lending site was first raised with CARE some years back, interest was immediate which soon became an excited joint effort to develop the idea for market. CARE's established work in the field of microfinance was the foundation, coupled with Bluefrog's Fundraising and Digital expertise - lendwithcare.org was born.
Ruby Moon is a new ethical swimwear company who lend all their profits via lendwithcare.org. www.rubymoon.org.uk