What strikes me is that people often ask for such pitifully small amounts. My latest loan was to Shazia, a mother of four, who was asking for just £178.38 to expand her husband's business in Pakistan. He has no identity card so couldn't apply on his own behalf. There's got to be some hidden struggles behind that story. I topped up my account to become one of her lenders.
And that's what I do every few months. Fifteen or twenty pounds goes in the pot. Not much in the scheme of things for someone that counts themselves very privileged but small sums seemingly make a hell of a difference elsewhere. What I'd like to do is lend to a scheme that helps my fellow countrymen as well. A quick Internet search didn't come up with anything. If anyone knows of something similar for UK residents let me know!