A help up, not a hand out
A help up, not a hand out.
We bring people living in poverty together through community savings and loans groups, teaching them how to save and loan their own money as a group, and empowering them to start income-generating activities and small businesses.
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We empower people to overcome poverty in a sustainable way through savings and loans projects. Our projects bring long-term positive change to the lives of the poorest communities in the world.

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Our Goals

education

To create education
opportunities

healthcare

To make healthcare
easily accessible

Financial
inclusion

To create equitable and accessible
financial services

Entrepreneurship

To enable personal, family and
community economic growth

Food security & sustainability

To increase food security for
families and communities - so no
child or family goes hungry.

Projects

This Is EPIC was both founded in Guernsey, and this continues to be its home. We have projects in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Our partners work with their local communities to implement and develop the VSL projects. Our local partners bring awareness of the VSL methodology through meetings with local leaders and the whole community.

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Our work in
DRC

We have been working with our DRC partner ‘ACTORS’ since 2014 to help vulnerable people rise from poverty through financial inclusion. With more than 70% of the population living in poverty, VSL groups are needed more than ever.

Our work in
uganda

This Is EPIC works closely with our Ugandan partner ‘READ’ to understand the needs of the local communities and develop projects which best meet those needs. The success of those projects has been demonstrated as the groups who continue to grow in confidence and develop new income-generating ideas as well as the development of a number of community projects, including farmer field schools, co-operatives and new schools.

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IMPACT

Our projects bringlong-term positive change to the lives of the poorest communities in the world.

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Success Stories

Meet Mariam

Mariam, formerly running a small shop from a costly rented stall, faced challenges in stocking goods.

With a loan from her VSL group and savings, she established her own shop, now selling a variety of items like fish, tomatoes, onions, cabbages, red peppers, coal, and firewood.

Her vision extends to constructing rental properties for teachers on her land, aiming to secure income and foster community benefits, including educational consistency. She plans to save for this endeavour in the next cycle.

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Success Stories

Meet edith

With a borrowed sum of UGX 100,000 from her Kagugo women’s group and a heart full of dreams, Edith planted sweet potatoes in April.

Edith's hard work and dedication bore fruit, literally. When harvest time came, she sold her produce and turned her small investment into a significant income of UGX 500,000.

With her earnings, Edith made strategic moves, investing in two goats for UGX 200,000 and constructing a sturdy pen. Her swift loan repayment underscores her dedication to her community. Freed from financial concerns, she ensures her family's well-being with access to food and medical care. Edith's aspirations for her farm are grand, aiming for prosperity that extends beyond herself to benefit her entire community.

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- edith - NAMIREME, uganda
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- edith - NAMIREME, uganda

support

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Our team

The team behind This Is EPIC is based in Guernsey and the UK with partners on the ground in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Together they help deliver maximum impact within the communities.

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Louise
Projects and Partners
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Philip
Fundraising and Events
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Warren
Fundraising and Events
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April
Governance and Structure
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Adrine
Local Partner Uganda
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Bercky
Local Partner DRC
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Stuart Harris
Marketing and Comms
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