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Since 1979 James Dohkoe has worked as a shoemaker and knife sharpener at Shama Junction. James gathers old machetes, recycles the metal and creates new knives out of the old products. He is married with eight dependents and received an education through Junior High School. His wife works as a farmer. James is responsible for paying water and light bills and also for providing housekeeping money for his family. His loan will be used to trade in old machetes, which he will recycle into new knives, and also tires, which he will make into shoes. He hopes to use the new profits from his business to help complete a home for his children.

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Important Information About CRAN

Please note that Kiva considers loans to this Field Partner, CRAN, to be particularly HIGH RISK. This organization has had very serious delinquency problems brought about by problems with its credit methodology, local environmental shocks including a depletion of local fisheries in its core area of operation (Cape Coast and the Central Province), and insufficient follow up with late clients. Lenders to this business should be aware that there is an increased risk of not getting repaid on this loan due to the challenges facing the Field Partner.

CRAN's creditors - including Kiva - have entered into a new Restructuring Agreement (For more information, please see CRAN's Field Partner profile: ). Kiva will extend its ongoing policy of allowing CRAN to continue to raise funds on the Kiva website. New funds raised will be used to make repayments on older CRAN loans via Kiva’s standard net billing process.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $11,603,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.4
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped James to trade in old machetes, recycle them into new knives, and also tires, which he will make into shoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 20, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 24, 2009