The LGBTQI SPARK Fund

In partnership with the All Out, we gathered business proposals from all over East Africa. Four groups of LGBTQI refugees were selected as recipients in 2018. With an injection of capital, ranging from US$1,000 - US$2,000 each, these businesses will be able to take flight - providing a sustainable and safe means of living, an escape from poverty, self-reliance, and real hope for the future.

The SPARK Fund Success Story!

Meet the 2018 recipients

The Poultry Farm

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A group of young transgender refugees in Eastern Africa have the knowledge and skills to run a successful poultry farm business.

Your donation will go directly towards their business plan, which includes chickens, feed, and supplies for a chicken pen.

But the business will only be funded if their goal of US$1964 is met.

Click the button below to hear more from The Poultry Farmers.

Find out more about the Poultry Farm

The Sandal Makers

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A group of LGBT+ refugees in Eastern Africa have the knowledge and skills to run a successful sandal-making business.

Your donation will go directly towards their business plan, which includes materials for shoes and professional tools.

But the business will only be funded if their goal of US$1904 is met.

Click the button below to hear more from The Sandal Makers.

Find out more about the Sandal Makers

The Restaurant / Caterers

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A group of LGBT+ refugees in Eastern Africa - who wish to remain anonymous for their safety - have the knowledge and skills to run a successful mobile restaurant and catering business.

Your donation will go directly towards their business plan, which includes new cooking and serving equipment.

But the business will only be funded if their goal of US$1952 is met.

Click the button below to hear more from The Mobile Restaurant.

Find out more about the Restaurant

The Photo & Film Studio

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A group of young gay and lesbian refugees in East Africa - who wish to remain anonymous for their safety - have the knowledge and skills to run a successful photography and film studio. Your donation will go directly towards their business plan, which includes camera equipment, a computer, and a studio space.

But the business will only be funded if their goal of US$1950 is met.


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What is the SPARK Fund?

The Refugee Coalition of East Africa's SPARK Fund is a program through which LGBTQI refugee entrepreneurs in East Africa can receive funding and mentorship to launch or expand a small business idea in partnership with All Out’s Grassroots Empowerment initiative.  


The SPARK Fund will provide financial support for refugees struggling with economic insecurity within LGBTQI communities in East Africa in order to facilitate sustainable, autonomous sources of income.  


The recipient business are: a group of sandal makers, a poultry farm, a restaurant and catering company and a photography and film studio. 

(The names of the businesses are not published for safety reasons)


The LGBTQI SPARK Fund was conceived by Michael B. Clark and is a project of the 

Refugee Coalition of East Africa and was delivered through a partnership with All Out.

Meet our Partners

The 2018 SPARK Fund was made possible through our partnership with All Out. All videos created by Creatures of Habit

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All Out

In 71 countries, it is a crime to be gay; in 10 it can cost you your life. All Out is building a world where 

no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are 

or who they love.

All Out website

Creatures of Habit

Promotional video content for The SPARK Fund was created by Creatures of Habit: Directed by Jen Fearnley and Produced by James Lewis. Creatures of Habit (COH) is a research and storytelling agency that explores cultural and social change. COH donated their time, equipment and expenses to make these films as a commitment to LGBTQI rights in Africa. 

Creatures of Habit website

Credits

Overview Film

Film by Creatures of Habit / creaturesofhabit.co

Directed by Jen Fearnley - Produced by James Lewis

Music: "Fly Fly Baby" by Jamie Perera, Courtesy of JPML.agency


Restaurant Film

Film by Creatures of Habit / creaturesofhabit.co

Directed by Jen Fearnley - Produced by James Lewis

Phaeleh, "Random Access Chatter" 

Courtesy of Ninja Tune Production Music 


Poultry Film

Film by Creatures of Habit / creaturesofhabit.co

Directed by Jen Fearnley - Produced by James Lewis

Daaam!!!, “Luxury Life" 

Courtesy of Ninja Tune Production Music 


Sandals Film

Film by Creatures of Habit / creaturesofhabit.co

Directed by Jen Fearnley - Produced by James Lewis

Phaeleh, “Mbira Patterns" 

Courtesy of Ninja Tune Production Music