A loan of $1,175 helped purchase cars and used Japanese motor parts.

Magdaline Mambo's story

Magdaline is a widow with six grown children. She and her son run a business in Douala, selling spare motor parts and cars. She plans use this loan to purchase parts from Japan in which she will sell in Cameroon for a profit.

This is Magdaline’s ninth loan from GHAPE since she became a beneficiary in 1999. She has seen that her previous loans have realized good profits for her, so she intends to take this loan out in order to produce the same effect.

Magdaline has been a widow for 28 years; her husband died an early death, when the children were young. She has supported her family by farming cocoyams and now has the ability to share her entrepreneurial spirit with her son.

With the profits from this loan, Magdaline plans to support younger children in their education and try to start up another business. She enjoys taking out GHAPE loans because GHAPE has always shown her loyalty and interest in her development.

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 instills 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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