G. dropped out of school early because her parents were unable to continue her education. She was then pushed to marry early in order to care for herself. As a child with her parents G. practiced a lot of farm work. Now in her husband's house she continues to use the skills of hard work and farming practices, and is able to support and cater to the needs of her family. Her yield from her activity is always good and she always has a ready market. She provides a lot of corn and beans to the community; people buy from her and go to resell at long distances.
Since joining GHAPE in 2006, G. has been able to take and repay two loans. This will be her third loan, which she will use for farming supplies such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and beans.
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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