About Arcubus: What We Do

Arcubus is a registered charity based at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, and a hub of expertise in the City of London for poverty-focused microfinance in Africa. We:

  • Connect City companies with micro-entrepreneurs living in poverty. We do this particularly by offering the Arcubus Experience  http://www.arcubus.org.uk/experience/.  The Arcubus Experience gives you the chance to share your skills with entrepreneurs on a bespoke field trip to Africa and experience first-hand how microfinance can change lives.
  • Promote microfinance as an ethical financial tool which is good for the City (market building, reputation re-building) and good for African entrepreneurs, giving many access to business training, new skills and financial services and capital for the first time.
  • Channel resources – human and financial – from UK companies to micro-entrepreneurs in Africa.
  • Give Londoners new skills, understanding and perspective too

We aim to engage the City of London’s significant resources (human and financial, present and future) in order to raise funds for, and awareness of, microfinance in Africa.

The best way to raise awareness of microfinance is to give you the opportunity to see it for yourself! We offer bespoke trips to Africa where you can spend time with one of our microfinance partners and experience first hand the challenges and opportunities which microfinance offers. You’ll have the chance to meet and support women trying to feed their families on less than $1/day by selling tomatoes by the roadside or making dresses in their homes. You’ll be able to offer your skills to boost their enterprises – and you’ll learn huge amounts yourself too. Find out more here.

We raise funds to support microfinance by seeking investments and donations from companies, churches and individuals living and working in London. We distribute the money we raise to three carefully chosen microfinance organisations (The MicroLoan Foundation, Five Talents and Opportunity International) working in Africa. Click here to donate now, and click here to learn more about the projects your gifts will support.


About Arcubus: History

Arcubus is a charitable company established in 2009 by JustShare, a separate charity based at St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London. JustShare aims to raise awareness of international development needs and opportunities, and to encourage positive action in response. Arcubus was born as a practical means of keeping the developing world in the eye of the City. Uniquely, it offers an effective way for City workers and companies to take action to support some of the world’s poorest communities, whilst also building their own future markets. Arcubus is grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by the Corporation of London and Allen & Overy LLP.

Arcubus’ charitable objectives are: ‘(a) The relief of poverty through supporting Microfinance initiatives in Africa; and (b) The advancement of the education of the public on ethical issues in relation to the developing world and elsewhere.’

More specifically, we aim to become a hub of microfinance expertise in the City of London and to raise funds in the City of London to support microfinance projects in Africa. We also aim to raise awareness in the City of the potential of microfinance to drive social and economic development  in Africa. We channel resources (financial and human) from the City to some of the world’s poorest communities – but we see it as a two-way process in which the City takes as much as it gives. Typically, someone going on one of our Experience trips will return enriched by far more than he/she gave away.

Arcubus retains its links with its Anglican foundation and, although it has no religious orientation or objectives, it is working in partnership with the Diocese of London as well as the Corporation of London. It is particularly keen to work in Mozambique to support the Bishop of London’s London Challenge and the Diocesan Link, ALMA.

About Arcubus: Our Patron

Sir Michael Snyder, patron of ArcubusSir Michael Snyder has been Senior Partner of the international accountancy firm Kingston Smith since 1990 and before that he was Managing Partner for 11 years. He trained and qualified with the firm, joining in 1968. He is a Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation, Chairman of Gateway of London – the agency for Thames Gateway – a Governor of the London Metropolitan University, the City of London School for Girls and Brentwood School in Essex.

About Arcubus: Our President

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, President of ArcubusThe Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres KCVO became the 132nd Bishop of London in 1995. He was educated at Hertford Grammar School and read history at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1973 and consecrated Bishop of Stepney in 1992. He founded St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and is currently the Chairman of the Trustees. His publications include The History of Gresham College 1597-1997 (with David Vermont) and Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life.

About Arcubus: Chair

The Revd George Bush, Chair of ArcubusThe Revd George R. Bush has been Rector of St Mary-le-Bow since 2002. He was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, and trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and (briefly) at United Theological College, Bangalore. He was ordained in 1985 to a parish in inner-city Leeds. He was then Chaplain of St John’s College, Cambridge, before returning to London, first as Vicar of St Anne’s Hoxton, and now Rector of St Mary-le-Bow. He is Treasurer of Sion College and trustee of a number of charities.

About Arcubus: Trustees and Officers

Mark Ashworth, trustee of microfinance charity ArcubusMark Ashworth is a Barrister by background and now is responsible for Law Debenture’s pension scheme trusteeship service. He is a trustee of a number of pension schemes. Mark is a member of the Council of the Society of Pension Consultants, and served as President from 2006 to 2008. Mark is also a Governor of The Pensions Policy Institute and a reader at his local Anglican Church.
Guy Beringer, trustee of microfinance charity ArcubusGuy Beringer CBE, QC is Chairman of UK Export Finance, The Legal Education Foundation and City Music Services.  He is a Director of BCKR, an Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and Co-Chair of the Bingham Centre Appeal Board.  Guy qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy where he was Senior Partner from 2000 to 2008. In October 2006, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel for his contributions to pro bono and legal services.  His interests include singing, history and rugby.
Ian Boyd-Livingston, trustee of microfinance charity ArcubusIan Boyd-Livingston is a photographer and a former director of the Microfinance Club UK. For the past five years he has been an advocate and campaigner for microfinance that generates measurable social value. He has acted as a fundraiser and consultant to microfinance charities and NGOs committed to poverty alleviation, not just financial inclusion. Ian also advises people on how to make the best use of their skills within microfinance.
Clare Brook, trustee of microfinance charity Arcubus Clare Brook began managing sustainable and environmental funds at Jupiter in 1990 where she managed the pioneering Jupiter Ecology Fund and Jupiter International Green Investment Trust. In 1994 she and her team moved to NPI where they established the Global Care range of funds, which received numerous Micropal awards. They coined the phrase ‘industries of the future’ and helped scotch the view that sustainable funds cannot outperform. They increased funds under management from 0 to £1bn over the space of 6 years. The team then moved to Henderson and then in 2001 established the Sustainable Future range of funds at Morley. Here Clare and her team again grew funds under management from 0 to £1 billion over 6 years. Clare has a degree in history from Oxford University.
Virgilio Juvane, trustee of African microfinance charity ArcubusVirgílio Juvane was born in Mozambique and currently works in the UK for the Commonwealth Secretariat. He  has been Adviser in the Education Section of the Social Transformation Programmes Division since August 2004. His main responsibilities focus on teacher professional development issues across Commonwealth countries and the coordination of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa’s Working Group on the Teaching Profession hosted and supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Virgílio was formerly education planner for more than two decades at the Ministry of Education of Mozambique and served as Director of Planning for nine years before joining the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Martin HeadshotMartin Rich is Sales Director at Social Finance, one of the UK’s leading financial intermediaries for the social impact investment market.  This follows a 12 year career in international investment banking working for UBS, JP Morgan and HSBC.  Martin is a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee for The Social Investment Business, the Investment Committee for the Panahpur Foundation, and Christian Aid’s “In Their Lifetime” Campaign Cabinet.  He holds a double-Masters in Engineering from Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Rachel Lindley,, coordinator of microfinance charity ArcubusRachel Lindley is the Coordinator of Arcubus and is employed 1 day/week in this role. She spends her other 4 days/week working for Five Talents, the Anglican microfinance charity. Previous roles include managing a UK grant-making charity, establishing legacy campaigns, evaluating corporate/charity partnerships and volunteering for a grassroots NGO in Kenya. She read English Literature at Cambridge and has a Masters from SOAS in Development Studies. Outside work, she is a Trustee of Maji Mazuri UK and Song in the City, Secretary of the Tanzania Development Trust and Treasurer of Croydon Amnesty Group.
Arcubus is grateful for the early support and commitment of three further founding trustees who have now moved on: Keith Robinson (former Secretary to the London Stock Exchange and General Secretary of the Diocese of London), Baroness Sue Garden (Lib Dem peer with a background in education), and Andreas Whittam Smith CBE (founder and first editor of The Independent, First Church Estates Commissioner with responsibility for £5.3bn assets, and Chair of the Children’s Mutual).

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