Karen Keppler, Incubator and Business teacher at the University of Winnipeg (Canada)
http://businessinnovationcentre.ca 'I learned of Pellital through Facebook and saw that the Women of Agnam-Goly were being supported. Micro Lending is a key to starting small businesses in any area of poverty, as I learned by running a Calmeadow style loan program for the Self Employment Program in Manitoba 10 years ago. I was aware that the success rate of Micro Lending was very high and that any money I lent would be returned, or if I chose so, my money could benefit many women as it was lent over and over again. The benefit to a Canadian is that the money goes straight from you to someone who will start a small business, and the program allows you to choose the entrepreneur you want to support. This makes you a part of their success and a member of a team, at least virtually. It also personalizes the transaction and gives you a direct connection to that entrepreneur. You will see the good you did!
I plan to leave my initial money in the program to help the next entrepreneur. My first entrepreneur was able to pay her loan on time and in full! As funds become available for me, I hope to add a little more to the loan fund. These women deserve all the support we can lend and our respect as peers while they build the economy in Agnam-Goly.'
Sarah Toumi, President of DREAM: Global Network and Action for Development (France)
'I met Adama Diop in Quebec this summer at the 2008 World Youth Congress, and before that on Facebook ... it is amazing, this is the case say. His idea is so simple that it becomes grandiose. It offers individuals to contribute to the realization of economic projects for women in his village, Agnam-Goly, Senegal. They reimburse you in six months later! He created his Pellital Facebook group and widely promoted it. A good example of how to use social networks to make difference. These women do not meet the criteria for obtaining a bank loan. Therefore the idea to find them credit virtually is very interesting. So the idea that we had, the DREAM team and I is to help in his project. We conducted two days of awareness on sustainable development and intercultural dialogue in Paris where we've sold in fair trade, subsidized by the university, at reduced prices to students and conducted a raffle to benefit the entrepreneurial women of Agnam-Goly. Thus, we collected 200 dollars that will be used to start 02 projects in Agnam-Goly! That's what I call "The Magic effect of Sustainable Development": 2 euro given in Paris, it is a project financed in Agnam-Goly! We hope to make a larger operation soon: a student party responsible for raising awareness about the risks associated with alcohol and drugs, the importance of responsible consumption: fair, less plastic packaging and yet ... Once again the funds will be going to Agnam-Goly, and more! As you can see, if everyone does a little, we can overcome poverty, just a few ideas, motivation and commitment as in Pellital.'
Jessi Prue, Founder of the Social Business Consulting Group (Cornell University, USA)
‘I learned about Pellital’s efforts through a friend -Kimberley DC Schroder- that studied abroad in Senegal. I believe that microfinance has the ability to empower local women, especially when the microfinance institution is based locally. I support Pellital rather than another microfinance institution because of its local focus and Adama’s incredible passion. There are countless stories of microfinance institutions that care more about profit than community development. Pellital, however, shares my view that community development is the first priority. During the fall of 2008, I worked on a consulting project for Pellital with 5 other students in the Social Business Consulting Group. Adama’s incredible passion and vision inspired our group to go above the requirements and fundraise to help him empower women of Agnam-Goly. We found that others quickly became equally passionate about Adama’s local focus: the Cornell Microfinance Club volunteered to host a 5K and raise money to support Pellital, and the New AJE Foundation in the Netherlands was excited to make a financial donation. I hope that Adama’s passion continues to be viral, and inspires more people to lend locally in areas that traditional microfinance organizations cannot reach.’