Corporate Social Responsibility

Good2Great are committed to being a responsible business by contributing to the wider community and the world around us.

Below are just a few of the current CSR programmes we are supporting.

2017 – Sponsored Charity: Friends of Conakry Refugee School

Our Adopted Charity this year is the ‘Friends of Conakry Refugee School’

Who are FCRS?
FCRS are a group of like minded individuals from Shropshire who all believe passionately in the ability of education to deliver real and lasting change. In 2005 they began to support a school for refugees in Conakry, Guinea. They believe that education can be the route to a positive future for these vulnerable children. FCRS is staffed entirely by volunteers.
FCRS’ mission is to provide a positive future through education to some of the world’s most vulnerable children by:

-supporting good quality teaching
-paying fees for vulnerable students
-renting a school building
-providing a hot meal

To find out more about FCRS please click here!

You can also follow them on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram: @friendsofcrs

As International women’s day was celebrated worldwide the focus this year is about helping to forge a better more inclusive and gender equal working world.  With this in mind, we were scouring social media feeds and came across this great statement;

“We envision a world where all people hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.”

This is the ethos of a fantastic project we have just discovered known as Kiva, which is a non profit organisation supporting people looking to create better future for themselves, their families and their communities.  The unique thing about this organisation is that the money collected is a loan and not a donation; and the idea behind it is simple, you loan a certain amount to a specific project, this gets repaid allowing you to then fund another.  Kiva loans aren’t just about funding the money they are also a way to build a relationship with members of the community you are supporting.

The idea of this organisation really resonated with the Good2Great team. After all, realising the dreams of business owners is at the forefront of what we do and what better way to do that than to support a new small business?  A loan of this type provides small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world with access to funding in areas where there are limited alternative sources of finance.

This year our Kiva loans have supported…

This is Fatmata a 38-year-old woman from Waterloo branch in Sierra Leone. She is married with one child.
Fatmata runs a business in a marketplace where she sells different kinds of rubber bowls in small and in large quantities to her customers. She has been in this business for the past 10 years now and she works 12 hours per day and 6 days a week. Fatmata requested this loan to enable her to purchase more rubber bowls in large quantities to increase her business. She says that the extra income from this loan will help to educate her child and thus improve her life chances too.  In the future, she would like to see her business extend to a shop. We are very honoured to be able to support Fatmata in taking the next step with her business and look forward to following her journey.

(March Loan)

This is the Marantha Group, Maranatha is a group led by Victoria, who is 42 years old and married with three children.

The group is made up of 11 hardworking members who are very much dedicated to their field of business.

This helps to improve their standards of living, Victoria sells groceries, and she has been running this business for the past 5 years.

With the loan she would like to buy more groceries for sale and expand her business in Ghana.

(April Loan)

Christiana has already successfully repaid her second loan with Kiva. As a result of the loan, she created two more jobs and earned an annual profit margin around 35%.

Now she would like to go further in growing her small business. Eco-friendly products are on the rise, so she would like to increase her inventory of these items to add some variety to her business. Christiana relies on the Kiva lenders to support her business in Haiti.

(May Loan)

Francisco was able to go to school until fifth grade. His partner earns a living selling flowers and they have three children, of whom only their daughter lives with them.

Francisco earns a living selling floral arrangements for all types of events. He has 10 years of experience and learned from his family. He also makes trips in his vehicle, which also serves him to sell the flowers. He works from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and his daughter helps him.

He needs the loan to buy materials like paper, paint, wire, plastic, glue, etc. to make and sell floral arrangements.

Francisco dreams of having a better business in the future and his loan will help him to start achieving his dream.

(June Loan)

Mary Grace is 46 years old, a married woman with one child. She is a very hard working entrepreneur.

Mary Grace has a purified drinking water business in the Philippines. She requested a PHP 50,000 loan amount through NWTF in order to buy an additional stock of purified water to sell.

Mary Grace has been in this business for four years.

She would like to save enough money to expand her business.

(June Loan – reinvested through loan repayments)

Theresa is a 42-year-old single mother of 4 children. She lives in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Life’s challenges caused her to try many business ventures, leading to the one which she appeared to be good at: selling second hand clothes.
Every morning, Theresa sets her stall strategically beside a crossroad that connects two locations close to where she lives. She restocks from local wholesalers of second hand bales of clothes in Harare.
Through her trade, putting food on the table and taking care of her children’s needs has been easy, and she is looking forward to growing her business. She used her loan to restock second hand clothes for the winter season.

(July Loan)

As Kiva state themselves, “A loan enables someone to grow a business and create opportunity for themselves, it creates opportunities for others as well. That ripple effect can shape the future for a family or an entire community.”

We hope to keep you up to date with Fatmata and the Marantha group as their businesses grow.

If you would like to support someone with a Kiva loan, Click here: Kiva