Since 1998 she has received various empowerment skills in training sessions organized by GHAPE and sister organizations. She succeeded as a mobile food vendor in providing her community with snacks (e.g., fresh groundnuts, sweet yams). Her major achievement has been the payment of tuition for some of her children from her profits. Her goal is to provide education for her children. Building a house in her lifetime for herself and her children is what will make her very happy.
Given a loan of $1200, Catherine plans to diversify her business by buying a motorbike to provide taxi services to the population of Mulang and Ntagkah, which is less accessible by regular urban taxis due to the bad roads. Part of her loan will be used to enlarge her piggery, and she intends to continue with her mobile restaurant. She anticipates repaying her loan with income from her transportation business, paying fees with income from the piggery, and meeting day-to-day needs with income from her mobile restaurant activity.
She plans to pay off her loan in 24 months. The first installment shall be due on the fourth month from the date of disbursement of loan.
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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