CARE International UK and Heathrow announce new two year partnership

London, 12th October 2018: CARE International UK has been named as Heathrow’s newest charity partner. This ambitious new partnership will enable Heathrow passengers and colleagues to support entrepreneurs living in poverty around the world, through the Lendwithcare initiative. Lendwithcare is an online lending platform that allows you to personally give entrepreneurs much-needed access to credit and training. This  money is then used to help change the lives of those living in poverty.

Entrepreneurship is a globally-acknowledged solution to poverty, yet entrepreneurs living in poor communities often don’t have access to financial services, such as bank accounts or credit. Lendwithcare enables people to grow successful businesses to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

Since its launch, Lendwithcare has facilitated over £20 million in loans to 95,000 people (over 80% of whom are women). These entrepreneurs have in turn supported 380,000 family members and created employment for 23,750 community members.

Donations collected at Heathrow will be directly invested in entrepreneurs. Once initial loans have been repaid by the entrepreneur, the donation is reinvested to expand Lendwithcare, so that thousands of people can improve their lives.

Heathrow is Europe’s biggest airport, welcoming over 78 million passengers a year.  In 2017 Heathrow collected over £300,000 in donations from passengers in a variety of global currencies, via collection points located across the airport in departure lounges and baggage reclaim halls.  Heathrow colleagues will also support the partnership through fundraising events including the airport’s annual Midnight Marathon which sees relay teams run 26.2 miles on Heathrow’s northern runway in the middle of the night.

Laurie Lee, CARE International UK’S Chief Executive said:

The new partnership between CARE International and Heathrow is about connecting people who are travelling all over the world, with entrepreneurs around the world. I have seen the impact of Lendwithcare for myself. I’ve met many people who have been able to grow their small business, and use the profits to send their children to school, buy more nutritious food, or make home repairs - the whole family benefits.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s Chief Executive said:

We are inspired by the fantastic work that CARE does for communities across the globe and are pleased to have them as our new international charity partner. The Lendwithcare initiative is an innovative way of helping some of the poorest communities enjoy a better quality of life through a programme that is sustainably focused with real long-term benefits. We have some of the most generous passengers and colleagues who I know will get behind this great cause.

About CARE

CARE International works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We put women and girls in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We are there to provide life-saving assistance when disaster strikes, and to help people rebuild their lives afterwards. And we are there to work alongside poor people and communities on long-term programmes to deliver lasting change.

Last year, we worked in 79 developing countries, supporting 890 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, to reach more than 65 million people. To learn more, please visit https://www.careinternational.org.uk

About Lendwithcare

Lendwithcare connects individuals and organisations in the UK and beyond with entrepreneurs living in low income countries to provide them with critical access to money, training and other financial services they need to fulfil their potential, build their own business and support their families. Lendwithcare is currently operational in eleven countries; Cambodia, Ecuador, Malawi, Pakistan, The Occupied Palestinian Territories, Peru, The Philippines, Rwanda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

About Heathrow

Heathrow is Europe’s largest airport and one of the world’s top international aviation hubs. As the UK’s global gateway, Heathrow welcomes more than 78 million passengers every year. The airport is home to more than 80 airlines and is Britain’s largest cargo port, helping to drive British trade growth by connecting UK to more than 200 destinations around the world. Heathrow is currently ranked by passengers as the 'Best Airport in Western Europe’ for the third year running and the ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ for eight years in a row. Terminal 2 also holds the title of the ‘World’s Best Airport Terminal’ and is Heathrow’s most sustainable, powered by 100% renewable gas and electricity.

Media contact

Ruby Wright, Press and PR Manager: +442080916047, wright@careinternational.org 

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