Fredericks Foundations has launched a £2 million fund to help female entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Loan Fund is available to disadvantaged women with a viable business plan who want to launch a new business or need support to develop an existing one.
Through the fund, the charity will provide loans of up to £10,000 for start-ups and follow-on loans of up to £35,000 to cash-poor women entrepreneurs.
Fredericks Foundation is a UK charity and Responsible Finance Provider that provides microloans and ongoing business support to people who are seeking to start or grow their business but cannot obtain mainstream finance.
Fredericks Foundation was founded in 2001 by Paul Barry-Walsh, a successful IT entrepreneur. It has since transformed the lives of thousands and the foundation has given entrepreneurs a hand up to start their own businesses, follow a dream, climb out of poverty, look after their families and become economic contributors to society.
Speaking about the fund, Duncan Parker, CEO at Fredericks Foundation said, “We have created this special fund for women entrepreneurs who can’t access mainstream financing because of the lack of available finance given to female entrepreneurs, and the social impact of lending to women is greater.”
“Their families and communities have higher chances of becoming successful and thrive when women achieve a reliable income.”
“Fredericks Foundation aims to help an increasing number of families and communities to move away from a life of financial dependency on benefits and empower them to increase confidence in their future, self-esteem and new skills.”
Parker adds, “The reality is that mainstream banks are unable to support funding for start-up businesses where the applicant has a poor credit history, or little or no track record in running a business.”
“This can prove a seemingly insurmountable barrier to those seeking to obtain start-up finance.”
“As a result those who need the funding most are the least able to access it.”
“This is where Fredericks comes in and enables people to become financially independent and valuable economic contributors to society through sustainable self-employment.”