Unlocking Community Giving at Prep School in Harrogate

Highfield Prep School | 3 Jul 2019
Pupils at Highfield Prep School are learning about loans, debt and money in a wider world through Lendwithcare, a new microfinance loan scheme run by Care International.
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Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help people in developing countries with a loan to boost or start a small-scale business. When they are up and running the loan is repaid, and another loan can be given to help more entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality.

Each school house at Highfield has raised funds to lend to individuals in developing countries who wouldn’t be able to access traditional banking. The children will slowly see their loans paid back and will then lend the money out again, helping more people with the same money, over and over again.

A Highfield lending team has also been created enabling families to lend at home and make giving a part of family life. 19 loans have been given out so far which have helped 64 entrepreneurs and created 71 jobs in the developing world.

Year 5 pupil, Alex Jones said, “It’s amazing to think that we can change someone’s life with a small loan. My house is supporting an entrepreneur in Cambodia who requested a loan to buy a walking tractor to help him improve his farm production and we’re really excited to see updates of his business growing.”

James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “This continues our different approach to charity to try to show innovative, sustainable and effective interventions to help people in need.

“It also allows us to open up new areas of learning to the children, here introducing loans as a positive and useful way of using money.

“Through creating a link with the recipient, wherever in the world that may be, the difference between local and international charity disappears, and all giving becomes local.”



About Highfield Prep School

Highfield Prep School is a leading independent prep school for boys and girls aged 4-11 years in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 

Highfield Prep School celebrates an important and wonderful stage in a child’s development.  From the very first day at school we aim to make this a happy, exciting and inspiring journey towards senior school. 

Children join Highfield Prep from across Harrogate and the surrounding area and are taught in small class sizes which enable us to focus on their individual development.  This approach helps our children to achieve their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom.  They have a strong sense of who they are and of the world around them.

By the time children leave us they’re fully equipped to tackle the next stage in their educational career and go on to achieve great things beyond our school.

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