Investing as a Way to Pledge Your Commitment to Supporting Indonesia’s SMEs
On this day 89 years ago, On October 28, 1928, hundreds of youths from all over Indonesia gathered at the Second Youth Congress and pledged their allegiance to one motherland, one nation and one language.
The day is commemorated every year as Hari Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge Day). During Indonesia’s fight for independence, young people from all over the country continued to play a great role; they fought in the war against the Dutch and Japanese invasion, they played an important part in the 1945 Declaration of Independence, and they continued their fight in the war of independence that followed.
Today, the Youth Pledge Day is also a day to celebrate our younger generation and their important role in driving positive changes in the country. There are many ways that today’s youth can be a force for social as well as economic good. Some of them do this by investing in Indonesian small businesses.
Mekar provides the platform for Indonesian youths and everyone else to support the growth of Indonesian MSMEs by investing in them. Mekar is a peer-to-peer lending site that offers investment opportunities. Funders in Mekar invest in one or more small business loans and earn attractive returns (averaging 10% a year) while helping small businesses grow.
Moreover, all Mekar’s borrowers are small business owners whose business creates positive social or environmental impact. This means that when you invest in a loan through Mekar, your investment helps the businesses to be able to make those impacts.
Here are what our youthful funders say about Mekar:
“Mekar gives me an opportunity not only to fund loans and gain some profit, but also to make social impact, and that’s what matters.”
“Now I can get more than what my savings account has to offer. And more importantly, I can make a change for Indonesia.”