Summary: Edify supports the improvement of affordable independent Christian schools by expanding their access to capital through loans, then provides technical assistance to drive both pedagogical and operational improvements. --- Edify aims to improve and expand sustainable low-cost Christian education in the developing world. It does so by increasing access to capital for affordable independent schools serving poor communities, providing loans so that they can expand their capacity and provide services to a wider range of students. Loans usually range from $5,000-$10,000, and are typically used for enhancing infrastructure or increasing ICT capacity. Classroom construction is a common investment of schools that receive Edify loans, a...
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Description of Scale and Reach
Since the Edify's launch in the Dominican Republic and shortly thereafter in Ghana, it has also expanded to Rwanda. From its first year of activity in 2010, Edify has nearly tripled the amount of loans and services it provides to affordable private Christian schools. Starting with about $900,000 in loans and 81 schools in 2010, the program has grown to provide $2,842,953 in loans to 504 schools in 2012. Edify has also grown its non-financial school support services significantly, including school leader training, which reached 321 entrepreneurs in 2012 compared to 242 in 2011 and 2 in 2010.
Ghana, Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Peru, Liberia