The CIFA Trust

Womens group in Malawi learning about village savings and loans

Women’s group in Malawi, learning about village savings and loans

The CIFA Trust is a small but effective charity that provides assistance to some of the world’s most financially deprived communities.

We are a bit different to most charities in that we have no paid staff in the UK and we operate entirely through a group of experienced voluntary trustees, in unison with nationally registered partners. This unique approach means we can direct the financial support we receive to where it is needed most.

Our approach involves listening to what communities need most and then facilitating and assisting them to achieve that; to meet their basic needs and improve their wellbeing in a sustainable way. This is what gives us our name: Community Initiatives Facilitation and Assistance (CIFA).

At present our work focuses in particular on communities in Malawi, which is one of the world’s poorest countries: one in every two people are below the poverty line and unable to meet their basic food and non-food needs. The CIFA Trust is registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC037566).

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