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Sonia is married and has seven children. She has been a vegetable farmer with a small farm for many years. Initially, she had trouble growing her farm. With the advent of GHAPE in her community, she immediately joined the organization, received training on management and marketing techniques and later received her first loan of $40 in 2001. Since then, she has proven her credibility to manage and repay loans worth $880.

Given a loan of $1200, she plans to buy insecticides, fertilizers, and with manure collected from her pig farm, grow cabbages, tomatoes and pepper on a very large scale. Since this activity will be labor intensive, some youths will have the opportunity to get jobs on her farm.

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About Grounded and Holistic Approach to People's Empowerment (GHAPE)

This loan is administered by Grounded and Holistic Approach to People's Empowerment (GHAPE), a non-profit non-government organization based in Bamenda, Cameroon. GHAPE takes a multi-faceted approach in working towards the empowerment of the poor and poverty alleviation. Every client is trained in business management, basic health, life skills, financial management, profits and losses, and family values. Clients are also required to contribute a small amount into a personal savings account; most clients save much more than the minimum requirement. GHAPE instills a sense of family and community among its clients and staff and has developed a strong bond of trust between the organization and its clients.

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  • $2,400
    Average annual income
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  • $1,197,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 500.4
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD