Be the reasons someone smiles today, and tomorrow

How amazing would it be to be able to wholeheartedly say “When I invest in myself or my company, I’m supporting and helping someone else who really needs it to do the exact same”? 

One of my personal ambitions when I decided to set up my own business was to do something that gave back, that helped other people, and that left someone a little better than before. 

Furthermore, as a consequence of coaching others and exploring their ambitions, dreams, values and motivations with them to the most personal depths, I know I'm not alone in this and it's important to so many of us.  

That's why a portion of all fees are now directed to doing just that.  

About a year ago I was introduced Lendwithcare by someone dear. Lendwithcare is a programme operated by the charity Care International

Through Lendwithcare lenders like us support entrepreneurs in developing and third world countries by loaning them money towards their business. It might be a small loan to buy supplies to sell at their store, or crops to grow on their farm, or tools for their trade for example.

     "As a widow and living on my own, life isn't always that easy. I have to provide for my daily needs and medicine. I have been diagnosed with various age-related illnesses, and most of my kids have their own lives now. However, some of my grandchildren live with me, and I have helped send these kids to school. I started selling peanuts 20 years ago, and LAMAC has been there helping me out ever since. I originally started with very little capital. At present, I think I can provide for my own daily needs, thanks to the cooperative, who has been there all along whenever I needed them."    ©Peter Caton 2016

 

"As a widow and living on my own, life isn't always that easy. I have to provide for my daily needs and medicine. I have been diagnosed with various age-related illnesses, and most of my kids have their own lives now. However, some of my grandchildren live with me, and I have helped send these kids to school. I started selling peanuts 20 years ago, and LAMAC has been there helping me out ever since. I originally started with very little capital. At present, I think I can provide for my own daily needs, thanks to the cooperative, who has been there all along whenever I needed them."

©Peter Caton 2016

The entrepreneurs then pay the money back as their business starts to grow allowing the lenders to then reinvest the money into helping another entrepreneur in a developing country, thus extending the love even further.

Lenders can keep track of how the business and entrepreneur they supported is doing by regular updates or by logging into their account.

One of the many positive things about this programme, is that whilst it's truly wonderful, fulfilling and often necessary to simply give, there's another side to the giving and receiving equation. This is that sometimes even though we give to others with the best of intentions, it can create a dependency, and that isn't always helpful. (Coaching versus "telling" works on the same principles as it happens - the intention with coaching is not to create dependency between the client and the coach by the coach giving all the answers, it's to help people to find their own solutions and to help themselves.)

Lendwithcare means that you are supporting someone to run their own company without relying on charitable donations. It’s super easy to get involved and you can donate small sums meaning that you don’t need to spend a lot to make a difference to someone else’s life.

From today we’re going to donate a portion of fees to Lendwithcare for all new client coaching packages and corporate training days. In time, and as the number of people we support together grows, the idea is to be able to create a page here on the Essentially Authentic website showing who you’ve helped and how they’re doing now.

    Soeurng Rina new shop business provides her community with cookies, sugar, salt, cooking oil and ice. The can get the revenue around $25 a day from her selling. Her customers are her fellow villagers who travel pass her store and she could gain around $3 from her selling.   www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/index/12807    www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/updates/1096

 

Soeurng Rina new shop business provides her community with cookies, sugar, salt, cooking oil and ice. The can get the revenue around $25 a day from her selling. Her customers are her fellow villagers who travel pass her store and she could gain around $3 from her selling.

www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/index/12807

www.lendwithcare.org/entrepreneurs/updates/1096

So that's that! Any questions just get in touch and keep checking back here for further updates on how the support, love and kindness is spreading.