He is a carpenter by profession but does other business activities like his poultry and piggery. He said he is doing this carpentry trade because it is a trade he learned and he has experience in it. He also trust his handwork, judging from the community’s recommendations.
As to the livestock business, the market trends are a driving force to his engaging in it, since the demand for poultry and pork products is steadily witnessing a rise. With this loan he plans to buy more wood for his carpentry workshop, as well as piglets, fowl and pig feed.
He says, "My carpentry business helps the community in that people will be able to live in decent homes, because my work is affordable. Regarding the livestock business, it is going to improve the nutritional intake of my community members, thus healthier lives. Its by-products are going to provide manure, which is better in its environmental impact than artificial fertilizers. With the profits from the loan, I will continue the improvement of my family's educational and healthcare needs.
Gilbert prefers GHAPE because they offer loans at very low interest and with a convenient repayments duration. They also offer free trainings on business techniques and marketing skills as well as other life skills. In fact, he says, a whole lot on human development skills.
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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