She joined Kiva's partner, GHAPE, in 2005 and has received and successfully repaid empowerment credits (ECs) four times. She invested her past ECs into frying and selling gateaux and also into poultry farming. She used the profits from these past loans to cater to her family, sponsor her children in school and to support her husband in the construction of their family house.
With the requested loan, she will stock up on red oil and vegetable oil, as well as buy fowls and pigs for her poultry and piggery. She strongly believes this business will be a success because she has so many customers already. This business activity will also be of great help to the community because it will increase the availability of ready-made food to the people in her area and their distance to the market will be reduced.
With the proceeds from this loan, she will be able to provide for her family, pay her children’s school fees, and support her husband financially. She prefers a GHAPE loan because the interest rate is relatively lower and also because the monthly installment method of repayment is convenient to her.
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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