WomensTrust has opened a new office in Nsawam, an agricultural community in the Eastern Region of Ghana, with a major marketplace. Our Nsawam loan clients are market sellers and women in the surrounding villages.
The girls’ scholarship program distributed school uniforms, school supplies and paid school fees for 240 girls from Pokuase and Nsawam for the 2012-13 school year. Some of the girls in Pokuase have now graduated from Senior High School, some with dreams of higher education. Three of those girls are “giving back” by working in the WomensTrust office.
With the addition of the Nsawam office, we have added a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program. This program works with the poorest of the poor, who do not qualify for microfinance loans. We are overseeing a pilot program in Avaga village, which is run by community members, with training and oversight by WomensTrust staff for one year, at which time the members can then operate on their own. It is transparent and is effective in fostering savings.
We at WomensTrust are excited about these new projects, run by local community members and look for continued support so we can reach many more women and girls.
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