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Even though Alex grew up in poverty without an education, this has not stopped him from fulfilling his dream of achieving a better life for him and his family.

Currently, Alex is an entrepreneur. He sells charcoal in Ekumfi-Twa (near Cape Coast). His business has grown substantially since he started it six years ago. He uses the income from his business to support his eight children.

Alex has identified that there is growing demand for his product. However, he is unable to meet this demand due to limited capacity. So he aims to use his loan to purchase additional firewood to make more charcoal to sell.

With the new profits from his expanded business, Alex wants to ensure that all his children will be given the opportunity to further distance their family from poverty.

Additional Information

Important Information About CRAN

Please note that Kiva considers loans to this Field Partner, CRAN, to be particularly HIGH RISK. This organization has had very serious delinquency problems brought about by problems with its credit methodology, local environmental shocks including a depletion of local fisheries in its core area of operation (Cape Coast and the Central Province), and insufficient follow up with late clients. Lenders to this business should be aware that there is an increased risk of not getting repaid on this loan due to the challenges facing the Field Partner.

CRAN's creditors - including Kiva - have entered into a new Restructuring Agreement (For more information, please see CRAN's Field Partner profile: ). Kiva will extend its ongoing policy of allowing CRAN to continue to raise funds on the Kiva website. New funds raised will be used to make repayments on older CRAN loans via Kiva’s standard net billing process.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 33
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $11,721,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.9
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped Alex to purchase additional firewood to make more charcoal to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 27, 2013
May 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2013