Kiva Lending Team: The Neil Desai Foundation
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In memory of Neil Desai who tragically passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition on his 22nd birthday in 2008.
In 2006 before attending university Neil travelled the world. He played squash and cricket in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. On his travels he fell in love with the townships in South Africa and, in his own words, was "struck most was when we visited a centre set up by South Africans to teach youngsters skills, like blacksmithing, mechanics and pottery so that they could make their lives better with skills...I hope that I have created a strong link here and that the next Huduma Fest (a concert Neil ran) could go to this amazing cause."
The Neil Desai Foundation is proud to support entrepeneurs in Africa through Kiva in memory of Neil.
We raise money and donate to three main causes:
1. Supporting causes in Africa and India (countries that were dear to Neil and his family)
2. Cardiac risk in the young (www.c-r-y.org) - which aims to raise awareness of and prevent sudden cardiac death in young people
3. Sports in schools, in particular squash and cricket
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Maa Parvati Mahila Shg Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to buy a cow for milk to sell.
Henry Luis received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to pay for a graduation course at the university.
Maa Trinath Shg Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to purchase agricultural equipment, seeds and fertilizers for her farmland.
Laxmi Narayan Shg Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to purchase more personal-care products and ladies' fashion items.
Saibaba Shg Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to buy fruits and vegetables in bulk to resell.
Rengchonghoi Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to buy sacks of charcoal to resell for profit to provide for her family’s expenses.
Terry received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to grow his business by increasing the money he uses so that he can serve more people who need to access financial services.
Maa Santoshi Shg Group received a loan from Neil Desai Foundation to buy a new cow for milk production and selling.
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