Everyone at Reho Travel understands what a privilege it is to work for a company and in an industry that provides us with unlimited opportunities for personal and career development. It is essential for our own advancement that we travel widely to gain the experience and it’s through seeing the world that we come to understand how lucky we all are. Reho allows for each team member to spend two days each year volunteering in the community with a cause of their choice. Each year, two Reho Travel team members are selected to travel to Malawi and spend a week helping out in the rehope Microcredit Agency office in Nkhata Bay and meet recipients of the loans in the district.
Malawi 2008 - Alick - His Story Part One
Alick Masiya Banda is a second year university student at the University of Malawi, Mzuzu campus. He is studying cartography and was the first member of his family to attend high school, let alone university. He lives with his brother, sister, their partners and their four young children. They all do their bit to support this typical Malawian family unit. His father died many years ago, and his mother lives in a village further down the lake.
Alick is a talented student who sells his artwork from the roadside in Malawi. At 21, he is considered old as half the population is under 15, and the average life expectancy is 34. Alick clearly reflects his country - he is full of hope and is tentatively taking small steps onto the world stage but in need of support and encouragement from those with more experience.
It is with this in mind that we have commissioned Alick to design our Reho Christmas cards. This support has enabled Alick to pay for his university fees and much needed laptop. Now he is off the street and also studying art. As you can see, his work displays a significant talent and a unique style, and is a reminder of our place in the world in 2008.
Malawi 2011 - Alick - His Story Part Two
After graduating from the University of Malawi with honours, Alick moved to Lilongwe to further his career and is currently working as a teacher at a local high school.
He is in the process of completing a research project as to the viability of establishing rehope as a micro-credit institution in Malawi, initially operating in Nkhata Bay.
rehope aims to provide an enabling environment for the extremely impoverished people and encourage them to venture into self-employment projects. This will be done through providing direct and affordable access to credit that will allow them to diversify their income-generating activities, and have a chance to better their lives.
rehope Microcredit Agency (Malawi 2012 - Alick - His Story Part Three)
rehope Micro-credit Agency has been fully accredited by the Government of Malawi and authorised by the Reserve Bank of Malawi to operate as a microfinance company.
rehope was established with a primary vision of offering small affordable loans to the languishing communities in the country that would transform their living standards, thus revamping their lost hope of bettering their lives. On the 1st January, 2012, at Kupenja Lodge, situated in the lakeside district of Nkhata Bay in northern Malawi, rehope and rehope Microcredit Agency were launched in a colourful fashion. The launching of rehope Micro-credit Agency drew together senior government officers in Nkhata Bay, the business community, civil servants, fishermen, and many other members of the community.
The establishment and administration of rehope Micro-credit Agency is fully funded from profits of Reho Travel.
rehope in the wider community
Through Oxfam and World Vision we sponsor children in Myanmar, Guatemala, Vietnam and Chad. In Malawi we are assisting a young man to attend high school after helping his older brother Alick (the creator of our Reho Christmas cards and Managing Director of rehope Microcredit Agency) through university.
rehope in the local community
rehope also encompasses many of the individuals and charities that we support. A percentage of profits each year goes towards causes that are chosen to complement our Reho Study Tour brand or causes that have affected the families of our team or clients personally. Recent fundraisers have supported the Cancer Council, Genes for Genes, and the Olivia Newton John foundation.
In 2013 we created a video called #difference. A short film produced by Reho Travel that explores the notion that all the small things we do can add up to make a difference and the world can become a better place. It showcases some remarkable work done in Malawi to restore hope amongst the communities around Nkhata Bay. Featuring many identities from the travel industry who have come together to help raise awareness. At 10,000 views Reho will donate $10,000.00 to our Rehope Charity, click here to view this wonderful clip and try and spot somebody you know, and if you do share it with them and your friends to help the Reho team make a #difference.