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Mariana
Mariana is a widow blessed with five children. Her entire family lives in a three-room apartment in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon.

She has gone through several problems in life such as inadequate start up capital and little or no assistance from her family members, the death of her husband, ill health within her family, and the theft of her motorbike. She intends to use this loan to add to her stock of rice, beans, maize and the other products that she sells on her market stall. She will also invest some in her gardening and poultry farm and also pay rent for her market stall. This activity will help the community as well as it will mean that they can access affordable foodstuff items and improve nutritional intake through the garden and poultry. It will also provide manure for farmers in her community and provide employment opportunities. She also believes in the success of the venture due to the high demand for food stuff and her longevity in the same line of business.

The profits of her activity will be use to improve her housing conditions and provide for some basic needs of her family. She will also plough back some of the proceeds. She prefers a loan from GHAPE because of the management training and marketing techniques giving by GHAPE staff.

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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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