Hot on the heels of websites such as Kiva, summer 2009 saw the launch of United Prosperity, where your donations can help people in the poorest parts of the world set up or improve their own businesses. Not only that, but you’ll get your money back at the end of the project!
United Prosperity members choose which business projects they’d like to support, which vary from meat suppliers to furniture shops and tailors. Their donations act as a guarantee for the bank loan they’ll receive when the amount they’ve requested has been reached.
You can follow the progress of the businesses you’ve supported, to see how they’re developing with the help of your funding. Then once the banks have been repaid, you’ll get your capital back – it’s as simple as that. Check out the website for more info.