Shanti Life – Reducing Poverty One Small Loan at a Time

Shanti Life – Reducing Poverty One Small Loan at a Time

Shanti Life, was founded in 2009 with a mission to provide the poor in India with access to seed capital for small enterprises as well as financial literacy and hygiene training. Shanti’s holistic approach to solving economic and social problems is extended through the building of basic sanitation in their homes.

Many of the women don’t have access to sanitation and face a long journey to use a toilet where they risk getting bitten by a snake or being sexually assaulted. Providing an eco-sanitation toilet is often the first vital step in their journey to independence. Many of these women face domestic violence at home and have no sense of dignity.

Many of the women don’t have access to sanitation and face a long journey to use a toilet where they risk getting bitten by a snake or being sexually assaulted. Providing an eco-sanitation toilet is often the first vital step in their journey to independence. Many of these women face domestic violence at home and have no sense of dignity.

Shanti provides women entrepreneurs with loans to start new businesses. Many of these women have been victims of sex trafficking and they are the poorest of the poor. With funding from Shanti they can buy sewing machines, set up cooking stalls, or help artisans to develop their textiles for sale.

One of the most unique aspects is how Shanti works directly with loan recipients on the ground. At the time of receiving a loan, every recipient is given a new bank account. By opening an account, the poor finally make it onto the financial ladder of independence. It also helps Shanti to ensure a smooth repayment audit trail while minimizing its own overhead costs.

 

How you can get involved

You can help the disadvantaged get their new businesses off the ground or improve the wellbeing and dignity of women by funding the installation of a sanitation unit in their home.
To make an investment that keeps on giving as the repayments are recycled into new loans, go to shantilife.org/donate or email the founder Sheetal Mehta Walsh at sheetal@shantilife.org
Shanti Life is a non-profit microfinance institution (MFI) with charity status in the USA, Canada, UK and India.

 

Asian Voice Charity Award powered by Charity Clarity

Winning the Most Enterprising Charity of the Year Award has helped Shanti Life gain exposure through various audiences, networks and media including Good News Shared article, a feature on Charity Clarity Newsletter and several speaking opportunities. The two-day training will give us expert insight into the charity community and assist us in developing our message for potential investors at the live crowdfunding event with The Funding Network. We were awarded for our creative approach to alleviating poverty through access to credit for poor women entrepreneurs in India.

Most notable, the prize and membership with Charity Clarity and has provided us with a platform for further growth.

For more information about Shanti Life, please visit www.shantilife.org.

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