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Thomas is 63 years old and has seven children. The loss of his first wife and two sons, who assisted him in taking care of the younger children, brought hardship to his life. He decided to join GHAPE in 1999. He received his first loan of $30, which he invested in the production of window frames, iron doors and the sale of palm wine. His community has benefited substantially from his iron door business in particular; robbery is very rampant and with the availability of iron doors, thieves find it difficult to break into houses. He also supplies palm wine for celebrations and to small retailers.

Given a loan of $1200, he plans to buy a filling machine, iron rods and expand the size of his raffia palm bush for increased production of palm wine.

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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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