A loan of $425 helped to buy soft drinks and fish to sell.

Kibong's story

Kibong I. was born in 1957. She is a widow and mother of six children. She is living with her children in Bali Park, Bamenda, in the north west region of Cameroon.

Kibong I. has faced some challenges in life, including the death of her husband. She faces difficulties in providing for her children's schooling needs, especially in paying their school fees on time. She plans to invest this loan in purchasing drinks such as Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite and the selling of roasted fish in front of her bar.

She has been working in her business for a long time now, and used to work with her husband before his death. Success is her watchword. She believes the business will succeed because of her many years' experience and because her business is at a good location on a junction. She will succeed because she is going to sell her goods at an affordable price.

Kibong I. will plough back her profit into her business and also use part of her profits to care for her family. Her children’s school needs will be taken care of.

She prefers to work with GHAPE because of the training she frequently receives and the method of obtaining and paying back the loan.

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.

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