Even though Kojo 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, Kojo is an entrepreneur. He sells charcoal in Ekumfe-Twi (near Cape Coast). His business enterprise has grown substantially since he began 15 years ago. He uses the income from his business to help his wife raise their six children.
Kojo has identified that there are growing demands among consumers for his product. Nevertheless, he is unable to meet their needs due to limited inventory capacity. Thus he aims to use his loan to purchase more firewood to recover additional quantities of charcoal to sell. With the new profits from his expanded business, Kojo wants to buck the trend by ensuring that all his children will be given the opportunity to further distance their family from poverty.
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: http://www.kiva.org/partners/91 ). 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.