She has encountered some challenges in life: her mother's sickness; an accident that almost took away her life; the death of her brother, an incident that she hates thinking of; and she was attacked by armed robbers. In addition to all of these problems, she also faces the problem of inadequate capital to start up a business.
Given a loan, she plans to buy fuel wood, pay labor for splitting, and invest part in dressmaking. She knows this activity will succeed because she has been doing this business for a very long period, and her community will provide a ready market for her products and more still. She has a large market due to the increasing population and increasing demand for her products. This activity will help the community in that they will have quality dresses
at affordable prices.
She plans to use the profits generated from this activity to pay the fees for her children in school and also to cater for their basic needs, such as hospital bills.
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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