Pajo Metal Works Group
Paul owns a welding company. He has been in business for the past 20 years. He is the founder of the company and has built the company up from scratch. Today, he has five permanent employees and more than 10 part-time workers. His company manufactures a whole range of products, including housing features and household appliances. His company is even able to remodel scrapped cars.
Paul is beloved by the local community and has earned the endearing nickname "Opoman" for the Opoman canopy that he had invented. Prior to this invention, Ghanaians in his community used natural materials such as bamboo and palm leaves to build makeshift shelters for outdoor events such as funerals and soccer matches. These lacked structural integrity and did not provide adequate shelter in rain; in fact, when the rain came, people would abandon the shelter and run away! An extremely enterprising and creative man, Paul designed a cost-effective canopy comprising a metal framework with a waterproof canvas. This product was immensely well-received by consumers. Even then, he did not remain content with this breakthrough and has continually improved this product based on consumer feedback. He has since furnished the design with fluorescent light and electric fans, allowing these temporary shelters to provide not only safety, but also utility and comfort.
Paul's most recent endeavor is the manufacturing of clean-cook stoves (a.k.a the Elsa Stove) that utilise waste-products, such as palm-kennel shells, as fuel. This stove is the product of a research project by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and sanctioned by the European Union (EU). He is now applying for a micro-loan to purchase raw materials such as metal plates, as well as the equipment needed for precise welding. Paul is very ambitious and excited about this product. He has secured an agreement with local distributors and plans to sell these stoves to consumers in the entire Central Region, and eventually expand the market to the whole country. Your loan will go a long way, not just in helping Paul achieve his ambitions, but also in providing Ghanians with a safer means of cooking that is free of indoor and outdoor pollution and reduces deforestation.
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This loan focuses on financing trained artisans to produce and sell a new clean energy cook stove known as ELSA Stove. This Stove was recently developed by the Cape Coast Technical institute with support from University of Udine Italy under an international program known as BeBi project. The stove uses Biochar pellets produced locally by communities using locally available materials such as sawdust waste and palm oil kernel husks. Besides sale of stoves, the other financing opportunity will target entrepreneurs willing to produce and sell biochar pellets for the ELSA stoves as well as pelletizer machines fabricated locally. By supporting this loan you are helping grow a local industry around green technology.
About ASA Initiative:ASA Initiative is a Micro Finance Institution based in Cape Coast, Ghana, and operating in the Central Region of Ghana.
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