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Our Charity

Changing lives

Shared Interest Foundation changes lives by breaking the cycle of poverty through the creation of resilient businesses.

“We believe helping someone to build a strong business is a sustainable and respectful way to fight poverty.” 

Believing business breaks barriers

Everyone deserves the chance to provide for themselves and their families.  This is why we provide financial management and governance training, and help build support networks in disadvantaged rural communities.

We have worked in several countries since 2004; helping people to create a better life for their family and community.

Our work so far has focused on supporting businesses in Rwanda, Malawi, and Swaziland.  These countries have all suffered continuous economic difficulties, especially in rural areas.  

We tailor our training courses to suit businesses from start-ups to large co-operatives.  We train on how to price goods, maintain good financial records and apply for finance. We build business support networks, helping fair trade businesses break into new markets, increasing incomes and employment for producers.

Covid-19 Statement

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to develop across the world, we are met with new challenges that test our resilience as a charity. Our thoughts go out to those suffering and we thank those on the front line who are supporting us all during the crisis.

The Shared Interest team has adapted seamlessly to remote working, to ensure we continue to support producers and their wider communities; helping them to increase their resilience and overcome hardship.

We continue to deliver projects in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nicaragua, working closely with our in-country partners, monitoring the situation on the ground and delivering our support in a safe and secure way.

In addition to restrictions on movement and trade, producers are also dealing with floods, droughts and delayed harvests, which are threatening livelihoods and increasing household food insecurity.  In direct response to these very challenging times, we are re-launching our Livelihood and Security Fund to help producers in Africa and Latin America to meet their basic needs and support income levels during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis. You can read more here.