Barry Pollard, Harrogate Brigantes Rotary
Major Lil Gurung, MBE, Himalayan Gurkhas Rotary, Kathmandu
This is a summary of the detailed annual reports submitted annually by Major Lil Gurung MBE, the
administrator of the scheme. There are 7 schemes in total including 4 where the monies are
loaned out annually and collected 1 year later. The first 2 were launched in 2013, the second 2
in 2015. Typical sums range from £50 to £100 per family.
Since 2013 this scheme has directly helped around 450 families; there have been no incidents
of families failing to repay.
Herewith the overview details:
No of beneficiary families: 68
No of loan recycles: 26
Total number of loans: 452
Total families supported 452 over a 8 year period
Goat Bank 1
This was launched in 2015 and is a modification to microloan model. Goats are loaned out and
when they breed, one of the offspring is given back to the Goat Bank. This project was fully
funded by Northallerton Rotary at a cost of approx.. £4400. It has been highly successful and has
now been split into a number of mini goat farms.
Goat Bank 2
This was funded by a mixture of funds, some local, some £2000 from Northallerton Mowbray
Rotary and £500 from District 1040 Microloan fund. It continues today as a sheep farm and has
been moved to a different location for safety reasons.
New Chicken Farm
This was launched in 2020 and was funded by some of the surplus funds raised by Harrogate
Brigantes Kids Aloud 2019 Monkey Boy concert.