Crowdfunding Campaigns That Need Your Support During COVID-19
Note: This page will be continually updated as we receive updates from enterprises.
The impact of COVID-19 on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has been immediate, and the financial losses are likely to be felt for a long time. Crowdfunding is one way businesses are staying afloat during these difficult times, to mitigate their COVID-related financial losses and hopefully bounce back stronger.
Below is a list of campaigns launched by enterprises. These campaigns aim to provide financial and non-financial support to health facilities and people in vulnerable conditions. We invite you to support these if you can!
COVID-Related Crowdfunding Campaigns & Funding Requests
India: Help Tamul Raise Funds for 5000 Women Living in Rural Assam
Tamul Plates Marketing Pvt. Ltd. (“Tamul”) produces biodegradable disposable dinnerware, through community-owned micro-enterprises spread across Assam. The loss of income during the recent India-wide lockdown months has made the communities involved in Tamul’s value chain, highly dependent on Tamul to provide them with additional support to overcome this crisis. They are not only losing their immediate livelihood opportunities but also their annual agri-product sale opportunities.
Tamul is supporting women and youth from poor tribal families with extra cash during this crisis so that they can meet their essential needs.
Contribute to their campaign and see their latest updates here.
India: Donate Menstrual Hygiene products to migrant women workers during COVID times
Stonesoup is distributing reusable menstrual hygiene kits to migrant workers and poor people who do not have the money to buy menstrual supplies during COVID-19. Unlike disposable pads, their products leave no waste behind, making this an ideal choice during these troubled times.
Support their initiative to help women and girls and find out more here.
India & Nepal: Pollinate Group’s COVID-19 100 day response
The Pollinate Group has always fought to address poverty, gender inequality and energy access, but COVID-19 is increasing these issues, and progress is being undone. The crisis demands that they magnify their impact.
They are currently raising funds to ensure women living in extreme poverty in India and Nepal can regain income earning opportunities. They work with local communities to provide affordable access to the products people are telling them they need, to rebuild their lives.
Here is an infographic that shows their 100-day response, including actions and outcomes in their first 30 days.
Donations can be gifted here.
Kenya: COVID-19 Rapid Response Support for Marginalised Communities
The Golden Eagles Network Foundation is working to provide marginalised semi-arid communities with food, essential hygiene kits, access to clean water, vital public health information, as well as learning materials and support to keep families and children safe. The vast majority of people in these communities are illiterate and lack access to information, so the Golden Eagles Network Foundation have no option other than door to door sensitisation. During these home visits, their trained teams wear face masks, gloves and carry each 50ml hand sanitiser.
They are currently looking for funding to provide face masks to rural communities, and families who live in crowded conditions where self-isolation is not an option such as refugee camps and slum villages. As well as providing meals to elderly neighbours, supporting those without access to soap and running water and launching digital mental health campaigns to support the youth who are feeling isolated.
Malawi: The Dzaleka COVID-19 Appeal by Kibebe
When it comes to COVID-19, the residents of Dzaleka Refugee Camp are especially vulnerable to the threat.
The lack of running water combined with overcrowding, make infection prevention a near-impossible task. A hand-to-mouth existence also makes bulk food shopping difficult and life in lockdown unbearable for the residents, as UN food distributions only cover enough for 12 meals a month.
Dzaleka refugees need your help. The goal is to reach 1,500 households by raising $153,750. This will enable Kibebe to supply food packs, soap and face masks.
$10 buys twenty-eight bars of soap, $50 buys sixteen face masks, and $100 provides a family of five with food for a month.
Support the Dzaleka refugees by donating here.
Malawi: The Mobile Msika Wathu Project - A Mobile-based Marketing Platform for Agricultural Products to Reduce the Mobility of People and Help Fight COVID-19
The Mobile Msika Wathu Project aims at bridging the gap between the buyer and the seller of agricultural products in Malawi through the use of Short Message Services (SMS) in order to minimise the mobility of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are seeking financial resources to implement their initiative.
Malawi: Enhancing Preventive Measures for Coronavirus Awareness Campaign
The Project aims to stop the spread of the coronavirus amongst residents living in the tourist areas of Salima and Mangochi in Malawi. They are in direct or indirect contact with tourists from high-risk areas for COVID-19 infection. The awareness campaign organised by Charity Hand Organisation (CHO) is aimed at educating Salima and Mangochi residents on the preventive measures they need to put in place in their day to day activities so that they can protect themselves and others and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The proposed budget for the project: $ 37,820.67
Malawi: COVID-19 Sensitization Campaign by the Youth in Machinga District, Traditional Authority Liwonde
The youth in Machinga District, Traditional Authority Liwonde have organized a COVID-19 sensitization campaign to the people around Nayuchi Border which borders Malawi and Mozambique. The campaign is focused on teaching COVID-19 preventive measures and distributing face masks, soap and hand sanitisers to vulnerable people for free.
Their target is to reach 20,000 elderly people and orphans. They plan to make homemade sanitisers that will be distributed to vulnerable people (orphans & women) and teach the youth how to make hand sanitiser and face masks.
They are requesting financial support and the proposed budget for the project is $30,000.
South Africa: MeCAHT’s campaign to help trafficking victims during COVID-19
MeCAHT is raising money to make face masks to support the victims of human trafficking who are already vulnerable as most of them have compromised immune systems.
MeCAHT also works to prevent more cases of trafficking from occurring. Through their reintegration centre, they provide an opportunity for women to gain work experience, develop skills, pay bills and access counselling.
Donate and find out more here.
Uganda: Provide Health Facilities and People in Masindi with Sanitisers, Handwashing Cans and Soap
To slow the spread of the coronavirus, health workers, health facilities and people living in Masindi, Uganda are in urgent need of face masks, sanitisers and handwashing cans. Safeplan Uganda will provide 200 handwashing cans, 1,000 litres of liquid soap and 500 litres of sanitisers. Sanitisers will be prioritised for health facilities while hand washing and liquid soap will be supplied to both health facilities, market places and individual families unable to afford washing soap.
Contribute to their campaign here.
Uganda: Help Climate Change Action group get a service VAN
Kisoro district in southwestern Uganda has experienced a series of floods and landslides over the past two months when the world was still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was indeed a double tragedy as the most affected people were the very poor people who even needed food during that crisis.
Forest Peoples Safaris, a climate change action group, renders an indispensable service to the affected communities of giving psychosocial support and climate change awareness-raising campaigns. However, they lack a mobile shuttle van to effectively carry out their operations into these communities some of which are hard to reach.
Contribute to their campaign and find out more here.
Zambia: Clean Cookstoves to Empower Women During COVID-19 by Kukula Solar
Kukula Solar will distribute 2,000 clean cookstoves to rural women in Eastern Province who are at risk of COVID-19 due to the continual use of polluting fuels which emit a lot of harmful smoke and increases people’s vulnerability to COIVD-19.
The microproject will improve livelihoods, protect the environment, preserve health, create jobs, and empower women during the COVID-19.
Contribute to their initiative and find out more here.
Other Fundraising Campaigns & Requests
Ghana: Ecovon’s fundraising campaign to secure a milling machine
The milling machine will enable Ecovon to crush coconut waste into smaller particles and this will enable Ecovon to speed up their production of eco-boards.
You can contribute to their campaign here.
Uganda: Support 1000 Young Mothers with Beehives
Budongo Women Bee Enterprises (BUWOBE) trains women and youth in Masindi, Uganda with limited economic opportunities in eco-friendly beekeeping. They aim to support 1,000 young mothers to increase their income by up to 60% from honey and honey byproducts. So that they have more access to healthcare and social services, nutritional food, and educational opportunities.
Help them raise money and find out more about their project here.