THE BRIDGE FOUNDATION

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An Appeal

In a world where the poor are struggling for survival and livelihoods are unsustainable, tomorrow holds little promise but hope hinges on one crucial word – ability. There exist widespread entrepreneurial qualities, skills and motivation among a large percentage of the poor and majority of them have proved remarkably successful in their micro-business ventures despite many impediments. The greatest drawback for the poor is to find an opportunity to put to use their creative abilities and talents and make them bloom.

Amutha married to Mathew a Cobbler by profession, was helping her husband in making slippers on job work basis for large manufactures. Meager income of Rs.2500/- pm was inadequate to meet the expenses of their family with two daughters and a son

Amutha was a member of Sunflower SHG, monitored by Divya Shanti Trust and availed financial assistance of Rs.10,000/- from TBF in 2007 for starting their own slipper making business. Mathew a highly skilled entrepreneur gave up job with the manufacturer and started making slippers and directly marketing them. Hard work of the couple yielded results and with expansion of business they employed another person and shifted the work place to a rented shop to make adequate room for the family in their house. Their family income increased five fold in one year.

Family’s standard of living has drastically improved and Amutha is able to send her children regularly to school and could meet comfortably other needs like health care etc.

The Bridge Foundation in the past 25 years has been empowering people like Amutha to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty and unemployment. TBF recognizes poor micro-entrepreneurs are a significant resource for economic and social transformation of poor communities and working to empower them. So far about 112,000 families have been directly assisted with Financial assistance, Training, Capacity Building and support services such as Micro Insurance etc., impacting the lives of more than 5,60,000 people in over 8,000 villages throughout South India and Orissa.

The Bridge Foundation is working with core value of Respect and Commitment to the poor and with the objectives to

  • Improve the livelihood of the economically active poor through micro enterprise development by providing resources and training.

  • Ensure flow of credit lines to micro entrepreneurs especially women, through Self Help Groups.

  • Minimize the operating cost of providing very small loans.

The corporate world recognizes its social responsibility across the globe and contributions towards poverty reduction have been significantly increasing. Micro Enterprise Development is crucial tool to empower millions of poor around the world. Microfinance provides access to basic financial services to the poor enabling them to overcome poverty and transform their lives.

Dear friends, well wishers and Captains of the corporate world, TBF has daunting task reaching one million needy poor like Amutha in the next 5 years. TBF can make this happen with your whole hearted support. We appeal to you to be generous in supporting the cause of transforming the lives of several needy and downtrodden like Amutha. Your contribution to The Bridge Foundation is an investment that will pay rich dividends in transforming the lives of thousands in the remote parts of rural India. The Table below shows how your donation can impact the lives of the poor. You will get the details of application of your contribution as to whom and what business, how the repayments are being made and what is the impact etc., periodically.

Contribution in INR Contribution in US$ No. people assisted No. of lives impacted
100,000
2,000
22
110
500,000
10,000
110
550
1,000,000
20,000
220
1,100
2,500,000
50,000
550
2,750
5,000,000
100,000
1,100
5,500
10,000,000
200,000
2,200
11,000

How to Donate

Domestic Contribution (For Indian Donors)
Cheques and Drafts may please be drawn in favor of “The Bridge Foundation, Bangalore”
All contribution to the Bridge Foundation are exempt from Income Tax under sec. 80G
Foreign Contribution (For Foreign Donors)
Contribution may please be sent by money transfer to our FCRA A/c. No. 01100005363
at
State Bank of India
Bangalore Branch
Post Bag No. 5310
# 87, St. Mark’s Road
Bangalore – India
560 001
Swift Code No: SBININBBA169