Julie will use this new loan to open a motor spare parts store in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, where one of her children is based and will help at the store's counter. She is very positive that her business will succeed and that the community will benefit from the availability of spare parts at all times without going long distances in search of parts.
Any profits from Julie's business will be used to educate her children, to build her house and to cater for other family needs. Julie says she prefers a loan from GHAPE because of installment payments and training in business management given to her by GHAPE. The group members and the centre have been very supportive during centre meetings, which also gives her courage to carry out her activities.
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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