MicroAid for Macro Results

MicroAid, an Indonesian based Charity Organization, has set out on a mission. That misson is to help alleviate financial hardship and poverty in their community and others. They help by funding MicroAid projects that include various forms of enterprise skills training and work experience; self-help training groups, local market surveys and visits; and by supporting  family businesses with materials and grants.

Many of the poverty stricken families of Indonesian homes are unaware of what opportunities exist to improve their families annual income levels. By learning new skills through various MicroAid projects, these families are able to leverage their time and apply these new skills to bring in much needed additional income.

MicroAid Projects have worked with more than 800 lower income families in Kenya, India, Ghana, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Uganda and Cambodia last year.

They are truly making a difference in the lives of these lower income families and because of their tremendous work, they have been chosen as our Cause of the Week!

How did the whole idea come about?microaid

Your browser may not support display of this image.In 1998, after 10 years as management consultant in a micro-credit project in Indonesia, Richard Beresford identified a critical gap in low-income families journey out of poverty. Too often family enterprises funded by micro-credit lacked the expertise and profitability to do more than simply repay loans made.  Simple technical training from local experts can transform low income family subsistence enterprises into viable sustainable livelihoods.  MicroAid Projects started as a family charity in Indonesia giving small micro aid only to low income families to increase profitability of their livelihoods.  In 2002, with his son Toby and Jalu Wardhana in the Indonesian field office,  MicroAid Projects methodology was set up on the internet creating a virtual donations channel from profitable families in Europe and America to poor families struggling to come from behind.

Why is this cause close to your heart? Why should other support it?

Your browser may not support display of this image.Poor families have enormous potential.  They often lack simple enterprise skills that can transform their lives and the small amount of cash necessary to learn from experience. From a reasonably well off background, I have always had the spare cash necessary to take a risk learn from experience good and bad.  Poor families, living on the edge, cannot take this risk. Others who have established their own profitable lives should encourage others to use MicroAid’s virtual donation channel. Only through MicroAid Projects can you directly help poor families together with others online and receive reports by email in text, photos and sometimes video.
Learn more about MicroAid micro project reports

Do you have any other events or fundraisers that you would like others to know about?

Yes, we have regular event program such as MicroAid Green Projects and Women’s Enterprise Projects.
See the MicroAid Green Projects 2010

What advice would you give to others that might like to take on such an amazing endeavor? microaidtraining

Your browser may not support display of this image. If starting a similar charity to MicroAid Projects online, it is better to create a mash-up from various different standard programs available in cloud computing.  Finding trustworthy Community Facilitation Partners and dedicated staff is fundamental to providing real training solutions for low income families.
Learn more about Community Facilitation Partners

What do you have planned for the future of MicroAid?

We are establishing a library of interactive training DVDs which we hope will replicate MicroAid Projects training at lower cost to a wider audience.

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