Deki empowers people living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods by providing access to ethical microloans and training, currently Deki works in Malawi, Ghana, Togo, Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania. The loans averaging £180 are used to create a sustainable income. For example, Deki loans have been used to purchase sewing machines to create small tailoring businesses, to buy water pumps to increase farmer’s yields and to buy better stock for local restaurants or stores.  Deki loans are funded by lenders and donors on crowd-funding website Individual lenders in the UK (and overseas) have the opportunity to lend from £10 to a chosen entrepreneur. Through an increased income entrepreneurs have the ability to support their extended family; on average Deki loans have a positive impact on the livelihoods of six or more people. This translates to an increased ability to access clean water, putting regular meals on the table, sending their children to school and saving for the future.