Zidisha is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows people to lend small amounts of money directly to entrepreneurs in developing countries. It is the first peer-to-peer microlending service to link borrowers and lenders across international borders without a local microfinance institution intermediary. The organization is named after the Swahili word zidisha (pronounced [zi.ɗi.ʃɑ]), which means "grow" or "expand".

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime “To reach where I am hasn’t been easy but I thank God,” shares Emmanuel Wandiga. As a child, Emmanuel struggled to comprehend why he didn’t have new clothes or shoes like many of his classmates. Even money for lunch was not a given, growing up. The lack of school fees also […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime As the eldest of three children, Rio Dahlil grew up with one brother and one sister in a rural village in Indonesia. Education was important in his family as both of his parents are retired teachers. He shares, ‘My childhood is not really difficult. I passed primary, secondary and tertiary school […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Wahyu Setiawan is an entrepreneur in the field of brick making for building materials. He has now maintained his business for 4 years. He learned the skill of brick making from his father and eventually was able to open his own brick factory. He shares that, ‘since graduating from school I […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Bismark Owusu was raised in a town in the eastern region of Ghana called Suhum. Born in 1988, he completed secondary school as his highest level of education. After finishing secondary school, he chose to start his own business. Initially, he had planned to start a poultry farm, but due to […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime As the youngest child of Joseph Raya and Rachael Umazi, Elizabeth Raya started her education at Mazeras Primary School in Kenya. Afterwards, she moved on to continue her education at Mazeras Polytechnic where she studied dressmaking and tailoring. Once she graduated, she began her working life as a machine operator in […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime David Maina grew up in a small village in Kenya called Mahiga. As a child, he reached grade 8 but was then forced to withdraw because of a lack of funds for school fees. He soon after left home in order to work and make a living in a selfless act […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime As a child, Abigael Nyapela attended Ebusybui Primary School and as she got older, moved up to Ebusyubi Secondary School. Upon graduation, she helped her mom sell vegetables until she was able to save up the money for her own shop. She shares that in her area most people are poor […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Doris Wanjama is a humble, hardworking, Kenyan. Without the advantages of a higher education, she has had to rely on hard work, perseverance, and a keen eye for business. In addition to being a business owner, Doris is also a wife, mother of two children, a member of the PCEA church, […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Elkirah Kariuki was born and raised in a family of six with her parents and 3 brothers. She attended a local primary school as a child and moved on to Mumbi High School where she graduated in 2007 before attending the Kenya Institute of Management. In 2010, she decided to start […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Christian Golo was raised in the town of Dambai, a farming and fishing community. His parents both worked in farming, fishing and petty trading and he helped them with this work to help pay the family bills. Christian shares that, All children of school going age have to trek for long […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Lilian Kimko has experienced a lifetime worth of hardship in her short 37 years of life. And yet, her resilience and perseverance has helped her to create and sustain a thriving business and family. Lilian was born into a large family with two boys and five girls. School was often a […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Mathews Kasamika was born and raised in Mpika, a small rural village in northern Zambia. He was born into a large family and completed his primary and secondary school studies locally. After finishing school in 2001, he began selling homemade ice cream in the streets of his community. With the proceeds, […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime ‘My name is John Okoth. I’m a fatal orphan with no mother, father, sister or a brother, I just stand alone. My mum and dad left me while I was only 4 months old. My grandmother was the one who took care of me. Unfortunately she also passed away.’ With such […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Frederick Cudjor is a poultry farmer from  Agona Swedru in the Central Region of Ghana. He attended the Swedru School of Business and graduated in 2004 before continuing on the University of Cope Coast. He is now married with 2 kids, and runs his animal farm on top of his other […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Kioko Kimau was born in Makueni county, Kenya, in 1974. As a child, he spent his afternoons and weekends tending to his father’s cattle. This allowed him to develop a strong work ethic which he carried with him through school. Eventually, this led him to move to Nairobi where he attended […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Evans Sackitey is a hard working entrepreneur living in Prampram, Ghana. At 33 years old, he has gained experience, graduating from the Tema Technical Institute in 2004 and also earning a City and Guilds Certificate in Block Laying and Concreting. He notes that since then he has been working as a […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Kusi Obodum is a multi passionate entrepreneur, dividing his time between teaching, selling with the company HerbaLife and working as a driver. He was born into a large family, as the seventh of eight children. After high school, he was anxious to attend college, however, he had to wait a year […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Kipruto Kiptarus is a 23 year old Kenyan who is commonly known by the nickname Rush. He is the sixth child in his family, with 2 brothers and four sisters. Both parents are hard workers as his father is a ‘matatu’ which is a driver, and his mother is a farmer […]

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  • By Julia Kurnia In 2017, our community made possible a record 64,330 loan projects – almost three times as many as in 2016!   “No word is enough to describe my joy at finding such an opportunity to get a loan from people all over the world.” – Jean David, Haiti   We continued to […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Mary Nyarko is a native of Agona Duakwa in the Central Region of Ghana. She is in her late twenties and has earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Community Based Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. After graduating, she found herself as a business owner out of necessity as jobs were scarce […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime ‘I hate poverty, I always dream big and my success is laid in business as a young growing brand,’ shares Patrick Ndirangu. He is a native Kenyan, living with his wife and daughter in the central part of the country. As a child, he attended a village school and then continued […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Abdul-Karim Mohammed was born in Gumbihini, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana, West Africa. He is the eldest of seven children and grew up in a poor farming family. As a child, he would follow his parents to the farm to help with the workload. His father […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Mary Wachinga has a passion for children. Born in Nyeri, Kenya, she studied in school until form 4. Afterwards, she started working for a shoe business, where she stayed for two years before making her way to Nairobi to start a cereal business. After running the cereal business for quite some […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Stephen Appiah Karikari was born and raised in Ahenbronoso, Ghana, where he had to work incredibly hard to earn an education. As the son of a peasant farmer, he had to ride his bicycle to nearby towns to attend school. After completing secondary school, he passed his exams with distinction, and […]

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  • By Betsy Ramser Jaime Yaa Agyapong Agyeiwaa was born and raised in a small village in eastern Ghana. Once she finished secondary school, she was forced to learn a trade because her parents couldn’t afford to continue her education. However, she used this as an opportunity to open her own business, an internet cafe. Within […]

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