Just Small Change

Growing livelihoods, overcoming poverty, one small business at a time.


‘The most appropriate and fundamental solutions to poverty will be those that enable people to take control of their own lives.’

Economic Justice for All, US Catholic Bishops (1986)

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We are an ordinary couple, trying to make a small difference to some of those for whom life is a struggle for survival. It was an unexpected visit to Tanzania and Kenya in 2010 which led to the creation of Just Small Change in 2011. We enjoy spreading the word about microfinance and engaging with all those in the UK who support the work of Just Small Change. Here we are with one of the clients, Elisabeth, at her fruit stall on the Kibos road, Kisumu, Kenya.



Our Vision


Is to enable the very poor in developing countries to build a pathway out of poverty through small business development.

We believe that with training and support, microfinance can unlock the personal and economic potential of the poorest communities, allowing them the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.

As Christians, we are responding to Christ’s call to love and serve the poor. We serve all people regardless of race, faith, ethnicity and gender.

Our Focus


Sub Saharan Africa is rich in resources, particularly in the energy, talents and aspirations of its population. Yet so far, in contrast to other developing regions, little progress has been made towards the Millenium Development Goal of eradicating poverty in the region, where 414 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day. Microfinance has a key contribution to make in this area.





Bishop Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough, is our Patron. Bishop Drainey spent six years working in Kisumu, Kenya, where our project is based, and fully understands the challenges faced by the people there. Here is his comment on Just Small Change:

'Here is an organisation which can help at grassroots level and which can turn one’s kind and good intentions into concrete and practical reality...I encourage you to support Just Small Change in whatever way you can, because with the help of this organisation, you can make such a difference.'

You can read the rest of his message here

As well as being a patron of Just Small Change, and Bishop of Middlesbrough, Bishop Drainey is the Chair of Caritas Social Action Network which develops the Catholic Church’s social action in England and Wales.


Facts and Figures


Since start up in April 2011, Just Small Change has raised £49,884 in donations, of which £43,705 has already been passed on in grants to our local partners (as at mid February 2018). No deductions are made for admin or fundraising costs, so 100% of your gift goes directly to our projects in Tanzania and Kenya.

Just Small Change is a registered charity, no. 1154462, established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

There are four trustees:
Gerard Adams, Jane Donaghue, Peter Donaghue & Andrew Maher.

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