Total loan: $1,025


Alabukam, Mankon, NW. Province, , Cameroon / Agriculture

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A loan helped To purchase fertilizer for farming, and shoes to resell.

Hostensia's story

Hostensia S. is a single mother with five children. Faced with the challenges of being a single mother, she finds it difficult to take care of her children, especially sponsoring their education. In addition she sustained a serious accident which had put her in abject poverty. Faced with her low level of education she could not secure a good job for herself, thus she embarked on farming. Unfortunately for her, she did not knows what farming methods to use to improve on her output. Becoming a member of GHAPE, she was fortunate to have acquired some farming knowledge which has helped her improve on her farming techniques. She has proven successful with her previous loans, which she had repaid with the progress she made buying and selling shoes. Given a new loan, she plans to invest it in farming and the selling of shoes. Her activities will help her community in that she will be able to supply the market with basic foodstuffs. She will also provide the community with footware. The Grounded and Holistic Approach to People's Empowerment (GHAPE) is a non-profit NGO based in Bamenda, Cameroon. GHAPE works towards the empowerment of the poor and poverty alleviation through a highly multi-faceted approach. 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 instils a sense of family and community within its clients and staff and has developed a strong bond of trust between the organization and its clients.