A loan of $600 helped purchase of pigs, poultry, and dyes.

Peter Anyah's story

Peter Anyah T. is a thirty-three year old widower with two children. He has already lost many loved ones: his wife, one child, his father, a brother and a sister. Now a single father, Peter's greatest goal in life is to care for his children and send them to school.

Peter joined GHAPE in 2004 to find a steadier source of income and care for his children. He says that he enjoys being a GHAPE member, “It makes me work very hard.” He has already successfully borrowed and repaid three loans totaling $375. These loans allowed him to buy dyes, which he uses to color thread. He then weaves the colored thread into bags and wall hangings in the traditional Cameroonian style. The profits from this business have already allowed him to begin a small pig farm and pay his children’s school fees.

Peter is requesting this new loan to continue his weaving business, expand his pig farm, and begin raising poultry as well. The largest part of the loan will go to buy additional pigs, since they are the most profitable, but pigs require time to grow and reproduce. So he plans to add poultry to his farm, since they can be raised in just three months, turning a faster profit. Meanwhile, he will add about $30 to the capital in his weaving business. He says that his businesses will succeed, because pigs, poultry, and woven bags are in great demand in his community, and his local production saves people from having to travel to the city to buy these items.

Peter plans to repay his loan in 18 months. The first repayment will be due on the fourth month following disbursement.

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