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)

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


Kenya is rich in resources, particularly in the energy, talents and aspirations of its population. Some progress has been made towards meeting the Millenium Development Goals, with improvements in average income and life expectancy. However, these improvements have not been equally shared among the population. Kenya has a much higher extent of income inequality than its sub-Saharan neighbours. Despite a decline in the poverty rate from 46 per cent in 2005-2006 to 39 per cent in 2011-2012, there remains a high level of poverty and exclusion.

In Kenya, women are particularly affected, suffering from unequal access to employment, land and credit (World Bank 2014).  This is made worse by a higher disease burden for women, particularly HIV/AIDS. 12 In 2015, the Gender Inequality Index ranked Kenya 135 of 159 countries.

For these reasons, we focus on working mainly with women, many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDS.  Business training and micro credit have a key contribution to make in empowering our clients, building self esteem and enabling them to use their talents to build sustainable livelihoods.





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 provided funding of £52,777 to our local partners (as at mid November 2018). No deductions are made for admin or fundraising costs, so 100% of your gift goes directly to our project in 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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