The people we work with in the small corners of the world, they’ve had a tough start to life. And yet they aren’t lost, helpless or stationary. Quite the opposite, actually. They are brimming with ideas for how to change their circumstances, full of possibility just waiting to go.
But they need a spark to get started – and that is where you come in...
What that looks like in practice
To all our supporters
Your gift really will go towards your chosen project. All of your gift will be project-focused, with nothing going towards admin or fundraising.
We want every poverty-fighting venture to get off the ground, but we won’t launch a project unless we have the funds.
There is razor-like focus to these projects – with set budgets, fixed timelines, achievable goals – and perhaps most of all, a clear start and finish date.
We are in regular touch with our local partners (the ones who are working side-by-side with the poverty-fighting entrepreneurs) and promise to share exciting developments from your chosen project via email.
In the past, those of us in the West had a tendency to see ourselves as ‘coming to the rescue’ to people ‘trapped in poverty’ across the globe. But the world has moved on – and we think it’s time the conversation around poverty did too.
At Project Possible, we like to refer to this as a 'smaller' conversation - a way of talking about the work we do that makes sense for people like you.
It’s time we moved away from talk that is outdated and demeaning (“helping the victims of oppression”) whilst at the same time avoiding language that feels removed and impenetrable (“building the capacity of local communities to sustainably support themselves”).
It’s time for a ‘smaller conversation’ – one that is grounded and relatable; where the language used is more considerate and honouring; where we speak about the people we are getting behind in the way we ourselves would want to be spoken about.
At Project Possible, we’re committed to speaking in a way that reflects our relationships. In a way that respects those we work with around the world, but also tries to be clear and plain-spoken with our supporters.
We always appreciate any feedback on our work – and would especially value any feedback on whether we are managing to deliver on this promise of a ‘smaller’ (more honouring and relatable) way of communicating.
Bite-size, time-bound poverty-fighting ventures
The Good Food Apprentices of Roodewal
1% of £8,344
A past fuelled by drugs and gang life won’t stop these four young men from believing they can turn their lives around with newfound skills
The Talented Family Traders of El Alto
1% of £5,900
Three close-knit families, united by exploitation and trauma, carry incredible dreams to kickstart individual family businesses
The Determined Women of N'Djamena
15% of £5,685
Three young women, in a country notorious for gender inequality and youth unemployment, are determined to become independent entrepreneurs.
The Adept Artisans of Santo Domingo
Their disability hasn't stopped them dreaming. Of a better life, of launching a venture together that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families.
The ‘Belle Couture’ Dressmakers of Kinshasa
Exploited and abused, this group of resilient women from Kinshasa are full of ideas and ambition to kickstart their own tailoring businesses.
The Close-Knit Sunshine Entrepreneurs of Naivasha
They've survived life on the streets, but now this band of brothers-in-arms dream of using their new-found skills to change the direction of their future.