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Closed 05/07/2018

raised of £2,500 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,090 to Empower 10 single mothers to become entrepreneurs

    London, United Kingdom
    Funded on Thursday, 5th July 2018

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    Be part of the solution by empowering 10 single mothers to start their own business and lift themselves out of poverty

    Most of us want to make the world a better place, but we often ask ourselves where to start.

    Let me give you an idea…

    In alliance with Afri-link and the Belo Rural Development Association (BERUDA), a grass-root NGO in the North-West of Cameroon, I am aiming to empower 10 single mothers from vulnerable backgrounds. However, I can only do this with your help!

    These single mothers face very difficult circumstances and struggle to cover their basic needs and those of their children. Your donation will help them start their own business so they can provide a better future for their families.

    Why single mothers?

    Being a young single mother is never easy, particularly in this region of Cameroon where being one is often stigmatized and it is more challenging. In most cases, they are left on their own by the father of the children and by their own families. They struggle to cover their children´s basic needs such as food, education, and healthcare, and these circumstances often force them to work on someone else´s farm and gain very little income.

    Therefore, they need extra support!

    How is this project going to help them?

    This project will empower single mothers in two different ways:

    I. Financial empowerment: The project will help them start their own business based on their preferences, skills, and previous education (if any). As a result, by having a more stable source of income, they will be able to provide for themselves and their children, by covering their most basic needs.

    II. Family Planning: In 90% of the cases, pregnancies would have been avoided if information and access to sexual education was made available. By offering birth control advice to single mothers, they will be empowered to make their own informed decisions and prevent unplanned pregnancies.

    The impact of your donation

    Thanks to your donation, 10 single mothers will be able to open their businesses in:

    • Hairdressing:

    Faith, Goodness, Mareline, Jannet, and Chanceline would like to own their own hairdressing business. For this, they need to complete an apprenticeship which costs 24 pounds each (120 pounds) and buy tools and equipment for 180 pounds (900 pounds) to open their own place. Moreover, Goodness needs 30 pounds to buy food for her three young children for two months

    • Tailoring

    Shantal and Patience wish to open their own tailoring business. Shantal is still to pay her apprenticeship fee for 150 pounds. Moreover, they must pay a graduation fee for 50 pounds each (100 pounds) and for their business they require sewing machines and tools for 150 pounds each (300 pounds)

    • Cosmetic Business

    Harrieta would like to have her own cosmetic business to support her 10-month-old twins. She needs 150 pounds to buy the products and open her own place.

    • Food Selling Business

    Kindness and Belinda wish to open their own food business. Kindness wants to open a cake business to support her three children while she graduates from nursing school. She needs a starting capital of 85 pounds for the cake business and 250 for her education fees. Belinda wants to start a fruit selling business, but would like to have some capital which she could lend out and earn interest on. With a starting capital of 140 pounds, she will ensure that her business is sustainable in the long-term.

    • Running costs: 150 pounds including transport and admin costs such as project reporting

    What will you gain?

    You will receive updates about the direct impact of your donations on the lives of Faith, Goodness, Mareline, Jannet, Chanceline, Shantal, Patience, Harrieta, Kindness, Belinda and their families.

    Most importantly, you will help an entire community, half of which live under the poverty line. Empowering these 10 single mothers will not only provide a brighter future for their children (22 to be precise) but will also prompt economic development in the community by creating more jobs. Meaning that, the results of your donation will be endless!

    Follow updates on the project on our facebook page:













    • Cristina Clopatofsky6 years ago
      Cristina Clopatofsky

      Cristina Clopatofsky

      6 years ago

      Dear everyone, this campaign will ,unfortunately, have to be closed. The people of Belo, including the single women supported by this project, have been forced to flee to other regions in the country. Once the situation stabilises again, the NGO will use the funds to support single women. Thanks again to all of you! <3 For updates on the campaign, please check our FB page:

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    • Cristina Clopatofsky7 years ago
      Cristina Clopatofsky

      Cristina Clopatofsky

      7 years ago

      We managed to raise 140 extra pounds from our bake sale today!! Thanks to everyone for their support <3

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    • Cristina Clopatofsky7 years ago
      Cristina Clopatofsky

      Cristina Clopatofsky

      7 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      May all your wishes come true in 2018 :)

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    • Jurga Bridikyte

      Jurga Bridikyte

      Apr 10, 2018

      Good luck!! :)


    • Cristina Clopatofsky

      Cristina Clopatofsky

      Mar 15, 2018

      Bake sale # 2 at the LSEThanks to everyone!!!


    • Alexandra McFadden

      Alexandra McFadden

      Mar 7, 2018

      Hey Cris!Sorry it's taken me so long to do this, we've been on the road a lot! So amazing what you're doing. Miss you loads. I'll be making more donations to suppor those lovely ladies! Xx


    • Cristina Clopatofsky

      Cristina Clopatofsky

      Feb 23, 2018

      Funds from the Bake sale held at the LSE on the 22nd of February


    • Simon Terrington

      Simon Terrington

      Jan 30, 2018

      Fantastic project. Good luck


    • Christopher Siakkas Jr.

      Christopher Siakkas Jr.

      Jan 30, 2018

      Best of luck Cristina!


    • Ieva Jaskunaite

      Ieva Jaskunaite

      Jan 29, 2018

      Thank you so much for this opportunity to meet those ladies! I hope to be able to donate again next month. Please, do not stop believing! <3 you are amazing !!


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