About Five Talents
Five Talents works in rural areas of East Africa to enable those who have no access to financial services to set-up and grow the small, often vulnerable, businesses they depend on.
Since our foundation in 2006, our donors have invested more £1.3m in grants across programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Unlike other charities which operate within an 'aid' model, we don't give donations away. Instead, we invest in sustainable, long-term impact by forming 'Trust Groups', providing our clients with business training, and providing some of the world’s most marginalised communities with the basic financial infrastructure that much of the world takes for granted.
Read more about our hybrid microfinance model here or catch up on the impact our donors had in 2015 by reading the Five Talents 2015 Impact Report.
In 1999, we opened our US office and six years later, in 2005, the UK base was founded. Internationally, Five Talents has invested close to £4 million in support of programmes which serve 76,000 in 12 countries. In total we have impacted more than 500,000 men and women since 1999.
The function of the UK and US offices is to raise funds for our local partners, with whom we work closely. In the UK, we have particular oversight and relationships with partners in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Our first programmes were opened in Kenya and Uganda in 2006. Following these successes we launched our Tanzania partnership with MBF in 2007.
The UK branch has been directly responsible for investments totalling £1.3m in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania since 2006. Our programmes currently serve 21,722 active members, and our local partner organisations estimate that this allows us to impact 100,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries.
“CREATIVITY IS A GIFT OF GOD IN CREATION. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE BIBLICAL STORY OF CREATION, WE SEE THAT HUMAN BEINGS ARE MEANT TO DEVELOP AND OVERSEE AND CREATE. I AM PLEASED TO BE A PATRON OF FIVE TALENTS, AN ORGANISATION THAT, WORKING THROUGH THE LOCAL ANGLICAN CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD, CELEBRATES THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF ENTERPRISE TO BRING HUMAN FLOURISHING AND TO SUPPORT PEOPLE TO LIFT THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY.”
- Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury
& Five Talents UK Patron
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
Five Talents was founded at the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops as a practical means of combating poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa the church is often the primary, or indeed only, trusted organisation in many marginalised communities which have been neglected by other organisations. Five Talents works with and through the local Church, but our actual programme delivery is through local partners who are separate legal entities, registered independently from the local Diocese. Five Talents is founded on Christian teachings, but we never discriminate against potential clients of other faiths, or clients who identify as agnostic or atheist. We serve people of all faiths and none.
We are a proud a member of the Church of England's Partnership for World Mission, the body that links the General Synod and the National Church Institutions with the Mission Agencies and the Diocesan Companion Links.