Our Story: Inspiration behind the Footcare Clinic

“I’m a descendant of a family of brave, strong, hardworking and resilient women who all ran successful small businesses in their birth country Vietnam and in countries abroad when they settled there as refugees. It was the only way they knew how to support their families, pay for their kids’ education and create jobs so that others in the community can do the same. The large picture you see above is of my mother and her sisters sitting in front of my aunt’s food store in Vietnam. These small businesses are integral to communities around the world – without them our economies would not be the same.

It was only natural for me to then open my own clinic 2 years after graduating from Podiatry School. I have never looked back. Over the years the impact of this venture has never ceased to amaze me. The ripple effect of helping others achieve their goals through helping them restore movement has been a force that has kept me going.

Our business has grown over the years and we are ready to amplify our impact, do good and give back to our community and those less fortunate than ourselves around the world. We pledge to make a difference by donating 1% of our revenue to our partner charity – Opportunity International Australia. As well as that, we run an employee volunteer program in which team members are given paid days off each year to volunteer in the community to a charity of their choice.”

Ngan (Kim) Harwood – Director of The Footcare Clinic

MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT

The Footcare Clinic is proud to partner with Opportunity International Australia, an organisation that is part of the global Opportunity Network, a leading provider and pioneer of socially-focused microfinance, helping to provide a hand up to millions of families in more than 20 countries around the world to help end poverty, one family, one community at a time.

ABOUT OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA

Opportunity International Australia gives families the tools they need to work their way out of poverty. For a family in a developing country struggling to survive, a small loan can help them build a business and earn a regular income with dignity and purpose. As businesses grow and employ others, 98% of loans are repaid and recycled, creating a ripple effect that reaches more and more people over time. Sindhu’s story below is a shining example of their brilliant work.

HEAR FROM SINDHU

Location: Nagpur in Maharashtra, India
Business: Driving an auto-rickshaw taxi

Sindhu, her husband Sikander and their five daughters are riding out COVID-19 in a small, two-room home in a crowded area of Maharashtra – one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in India. At its peak, Maharashtra has had more COVID-19 cases in a single day than Australia has had total. The girls have been unable to attend school, and fear in the state has been high. Strict lockdowns means Sikander has no way of operating his auto-rickshaw taxi business to provide for the family. Having sat idle for so long, the rickshaw now needs repairs before the family can start earning again.

“We want to immediately get our auto-rickshaw repaired to be able to restart our livelihood. It will cost Rs.25,000 (A$438) and will take one month. For one month we should have enough stock of food with us. My only wish is to get our work started at the earliest,” says Sindhu.

When lockdowns lift in Nagpur, Sindhu and Sikander will look to kickstart their business as soon as possible.

How you Can Help!

If you would like to partner with The Footcare Clinic in giving back to Opportunity International Australia you can donate by following the link below. Your support is very much valued and appreciated.

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