I am fundraising on behalf of Ephrone Mhuna who became my good friend when I was in Malawi in 2015. Ephrone is the eldest in his family and has worked hard to complete a university degree. He now wants to use his skills to setup a charity so that other children can access a good education. This is his story, in his words:
I have started a loan project, I provide the money to the people and they repay me in time. After they repay back the money I then provide it to other people. The loan has no interest. All I need is to help people who have no support so that they can just start their own businesses so they can find it easy to survive with their family and children. In this photo are some of the women who have received the first loan. So far they have used it to start their own businesses and pay their children's school fees.
This is Elina Kamanga and her daughter. Elina took a loan to pay for her daughter's secondary school fees in August 2020. Elina is due to repay her loan in December. Her money can then be used by people in her community to do more good - starting the cycle again. Other loans have been taken by women to setup small businesses such as pottery making.
Ephrone wants to build on the early success of his project: I can't proceed without any help, what I need is.......a charity centre which will contain a small library, internet cafe, computer studying and so on. And these things will be provided for free to help people in the community.....so it's called Action Changes Things Project (ACTP) all donations will be used for building the charity centre.
Ephrone and his charity are based in Usisya, near to Nkhata Bay, Malawi.
- Johnny Merson
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- Lucila Merson