Ambassador Pat Wallace
Five years ago Pat from Sunderland was looking for an overseas project that she could get involved with that would make a difference to those in the wider world and looked at the financial sector to see where she could invest her money.
Pat says: "I opened the Shared Interest account with £100 and top it up when I can. I can see the benefit of investing my money into Shared Interest as they work hard to help communities in the developing world to grow their business and be more enterprising.
Pouring aid into certain world areas is not helping the basic underlying problems and does not, I feel, move the communities on to self-sufficiency. I think it is important to encourage communities to work together, to help in funding their endeavours via Shared Interest seems to me, to be a better course of action towards a permanent solution to their problems.