Purple Shoots | Christian Vocations

Purple Shoots

Type: Agency
A not-for-profit micro-finance agency working with individuals across the UK

At Purple Shoots we believe that every individual in any community is unique and valuable and has an individual set of skills and a unique contribution to make.

Unemployment and lack of opportunity wastes these skills, destroys confidence and impoverishes our communities. Our small business loans and self-reliant groups help restore confidence and build capacity amongst individuals and within communities, helping people change their lives and make a difference for themselves.

Our aim is to uncover, empower and enable Britain’s hidden entrepreneurs, to change things for people who are disadvantaged by circumstances, health or disability and are left behind by the economy. We believe everyone has potential and should have an opportunity to fulfil it.

We open doors and provide opportunities and new possibilities for people who otherwise would not have had access to funding or support. Through our loans and our self-reliant groups (SRGs). We build capacity, independence and confidence in often marginalized individuals who have previously struggled with employment. We aim to drive positive and sustainable change for these “hidden” entrepreneurs, allowing them to flourish – improving their lives, the community they live in and the wider economy.

At Purple Shoots we are committed to improving people’s lives in a sustainable way. We are proud to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals and we focus on fulfilling nine of the sixteen goals through our work.

Grounded in Christian ethics we believe in fairness and justice for all.

Zechariah 7:9-10 9 “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’