Like some other long-term loan recipients, Mathias is keen to diversify his business beyond agriculture. To that end, he hopes this loan will allow him to buy a motorbike and cover the associated registration and insurance costs. In this part of Cameroon, bikes are a good way of moving goods and people to and from town, as the roads become impassable to bigger vehicles after it rains.
Mathias speaks highly of the good that GHAPE has done for him and his community. He says it is the first NGO to come to his area, and it has taught people about living in healthy places, educated their children and explained business development to him and many of his neighbors.
Mathias is single and says he wants to use profits of his labour to look after his health and education, and ultimately to build a house.
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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