Azimo partners with the charity, ActionAid, to help combat famine in Africa
Today, in honour of International Women’s Day (IWD), Azimo, the international money transfer company, will be making a donation from every money transfer to the charity ActionAid.
Starting at 00.00am on Wednesday, 8‘th March, Azimo will give 25p from every transfer that takes place through its desktop or app service for the 24 hours of IWD 2017.
Azimo’s mission has always been empowering people through democratising access to financial services, and remittances to Africa, where the vast majority of money is sent for family support, have been a focus for the company. ActionAid is the chosen charitable partner due to the organisation’s work in Africa, but also their particular support of women. Through its Women Leadership Fund, ActionAid works tirelessly to empower and support women living in poverty and exclusion to stand up in the face of adversity and in the midst of national emergencies to ensure they achieve their basic human rights.
With a female co-founder and a leadership team, half of which is made up of women, empowering women around the world has always been a key focus for Azimo.
The money raised will go directly to the ActionAid’s current Women’s Leadership in Emergencies Fund campaign; the East Africa Food Crisis.
Right now, over 20 million people in East Africa are in need of food. Following two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan are suffering from the third year of drought.
Women and girls are bearing the brunt of the crisis. They are having to care for their families whilst at increased risk of sexual violence due to the greater distances they must walk in search of water. ActionAid has recorded women and girls walking up to 70 per cent further in search of water, with some walking more than nine kilometres a day.
“We see the impact of our work on the families and communities in Africa”, explains Marta Krupinska, Co-founder and General Manager at Azimo. “Last year alone, 32 per cent of all transactions sent via Azimo went to Africa, so it’s incredibly important to know that our donation will be going directly to those countries which our customers have an affinity to.
“This International Women’s Day, we’re privileged to be able to support women around the world who face daily struggles in the wake of terrible disasters.”
Dean Anderson, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships for ActionAid UK added: “We are hugely grateful to Azimo for this generous commitment to help scale up our response supporting the most vulnerable women and children in drought affected areas in East Africa. By empowering women to lead we can strengthen women’s resilience in such an emergency by helping them prepare for, respond to and adapt to the impacts of disasters. We must act now, as the situation in East Africa becomes increasingly urgent, as without immediate intervention, the crisis could become catastrophic.”