Communities for Development was created when engineers Iñigo Ruiz Apilánez and Sandra Díaz returned from a stint volunteering in Uganda in September 2014. While working on projects to improve access to water and sanitation in a rural village in Eastern Uganda, Bulambuli, they had learned about another challenge the local people faced – saving money.
Members of the remote, rural community had no access to financial services of any kind, making it very difficult to manage their money and cover even basic costs such as food and education, never mind saving or investing for the future.
Communities for Development helps tackle this by providing training, setting up saving groups, and support in setting up businesses so people can earn their own income and support themselves and their families independently. The unique startup initiative works to unlock new forms of economic participation to help communities bring their dreams to life.
Working in rural Uganda in partnership with organisations, businesses, and individuals, C4D helps communities become self-sufficient in building a better future for themselves on their own terms. Through saving groups, training and support, they empower individuals to leverage their skills and savings to pursue development – as well as enabling ways to save and loan money and invest it in businesses that reap incomes to spend on education for their children, reinvest or save for the future.
At C4D we believe that long-lasting change will only come about through also ensuring young people are also given the best possible opportunities. By extending our work to also provide the skills and education young people need, we can ensure the next generation can own their own future.