Total loan: $3,950

Pajo Metal Works Group

Cape Coast, Central, Ghana / Manufacturing

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Pajo Metal Works Group's story

Paul is the group leader of Pajo Metal Works. He is 47 this year and happily married with five children. His children are 26, 20, 18, 14 and 8 years old, respectively. All five of them are currently attending school. Paul lives with his family in Cape Coast, the regional capital of the Central Region of Ghana. 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.