Through our charitable partners, we reach women in rural communities, with the least access to finance and opportunity. Our partners provide skills based training as well as MicroFinance and support programmes to empower women and the communities that rely on them.Our MicroFinance partners invest the modest loan interest into reaching more women and providing the necessary support services to ensure recipients thrive.
Why MicroFinance through Charities
If other options exist for the women that we support, they are often bad. For example, borrowing through Commercial MFIs (Microfinance Institutions) who make loan recipients take out life insurance, take collateral or put debt onto other family members should repayments be missed. These institutions also do not provide the necessary support services to ensure that loans are successfully utilised and not used for consumption only. Increasingly however, even Commercial MFIs are now moving away from rural communities and exclusively into urban settings.
Our microfinance partners use the Social Performance Task Force’s Universal Standards of Social Performance Management framework, including impact measurement through the ‘Progress out of Poverty’ Index.
Voodoo Park Trust are collecting data to help to build the case for institutional lending to communities who are currently excluded from the global economy - working with others to make a meaningful difference both now and in the future, by changing the way in which money is lent and doing our part to mobilize finance to leave no one behind.
Voodoo Park Trust was founded by the leadership team of Technology Services Company Voodoo Park Ltd.
In the knowledge that gender discrimination holding too many women back, holds our world back too, the founders set up the Trust to fulfil their obligation to have a positive impact on our global communities.
Anya Gooch, Executive Officer
As Executive Officer of the Trust, Anya is responsible for ensuring that it means it's objectives. Having witnessed many of her peers frustrated by opaque VC networks and understanding from her extensive travels that this barrier is minimal compared to those that other women face, Anya is passionate about women achieving equal opportunity to succeed in work.
John Miller, Trustee
John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has held a number of senior Finance roles across multiple sectors, including BPO, Tech, Media and Professional Services. He has a particular interest in playing a part in redressing the gender imbalance as he is the proud Father of two young girls.
Rachel Grigg, Trustee
Rachel studied at the University of Manchester, University of Greenwich and Frei University in Berlin with a particular passion regarding culture, heritage and archaeology. Rachel has worked for small start ups as MD / COO and also in innovation and tech for large corporates. Rachel is passionate about investing in woman across the globe gain access to education, training and fair finances so they can empower other women and be role models to young girls in some of the most challenging environments.
David Glennie, Trustee
David is the CEO of Voodoo Park Ltd with 20 years’ experience running hi-tech businesses. David founded the Trust to create meaningful social change and increase economic participation around the world. He trained as an actor and musician, before getting involved in technology at the turn of the century, and lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire.