Develop Africa, Inc.

The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. Our focus is on impacting and changing lives.
Aug 30, 2016

Sarah Excitedly Launches Her Small Business - Thanks to Microfinance Funds You Helped Provide

Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk
Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk

Dear project supporters,

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone.  During this visit, I talked to over 20 young ladies, one on one, at the Creating Pathways Centre. These school-going ladies became pregnant during the Ebola crisis and dropped out of school.  

The ladies told me a bit about themselves and each ended with an appeal.  Many of them requested funding assistance to start a small business.  The business goal is to help them take care of their kids or support their education.  They wanted help to get their lives back on track.

The appeals of these ladies deeply touched my heart.  I listened to story after story of these girls who were destitute and had fallen "between the cracks", so to speak.  They explained their gripping and precarious situation.  Their future looked bleak with no hope and no prospects.

I conveyed to them OUR passion and joint interest. I explained that I would present their situations to you.  I gave them a message of hope - that we would try to assist as many of them as possible.

These ladies are most deserving of our support.  Providing a loan of $100 to $200 would help many them get their lives back on track - and on the path to self-sufficiency.  

It would be phenomenal and life-changing if each one of us could decide to support one of these ladies - around 90 of them in total.  We will connect you with the specific lady that your donation supports. Would you consider doing this today?  

While in Freetown, I distributed microfinance funds to Sarah.  Sarah is married with 3 kids and her husband is currently unemployed.  As you can see in the photos that I took, Sarah, with the funds that I provided, purchased a large bag of powdered milk.  She repacked this into small plastic bags - to be retailed in the market.  These smaller packets of milk are affordable for families living from day to day.  From sales, she will earn enough to feed her family each day.

For Sarah, access to the funds, as in the case of the Ethiopian entrepreneurs, opened up a new door of opportunity. She was exuberant and extended her deep appreciation to YOU.

Thanks again for joining us in changing the course of history of one more family.  Today, Sarah and her family have food on the table, thanks to your support.

Excited about impact opportunities,

The Develop Africa Team

she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
she show us the plastic bag
she show us the plastic bag
Sarah outside her small apartment
Sarah outside her small apartment

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Aug 11, 2016

Site Visit by Develop Africa: We are Truly Empowering the Disadvantaged

Sylvester at tailoring school
Sylvester at tailoring school

Dear project supporters

In this report, we present a summary of Sylvester's visit to the tailoring school.

Sylvester returned last Friday (August 6th) from a 2 week visit to Sierra Leone.  While there, he visited the tailoring school that we support.  This school is located at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute, in Wellington, a suburb of Freetown.  

Sylvester had the opportunity to talk with the tutors and trainees. Alhaji (the head tutor) and trainees were very appreciative of the support we are providing.  They enthusiastically conveyed their deep appreciation to you for your on-going support.  

The centre, from Sylvester's evaluation, is successfully continuing to fulfill its mission of empowering the disadvantaged.  It provides training opportunities for those who are no longer going to school / have dropped out of school.  The school is fulfilling a vital role - enabling them to learn tailoring.  It is helping them to become self-reliant.

Mothers whose husbands are unable to take care of them, those idling around the community, vulnerable women, girls and boys that need help - are all benefitting from the training. 17 students are currently enrolled as follows:

  • 4 single parents
  • 6 school dropouts
  • 7 married women - whose husbands are unemployed

Sylvester had the opportunity to review procedures and make improvement recommendations.

The tutors and trainees requested for us to provide toolkits to graduates. A toolkit contains a sewing machine and accessories to start a tailoring business (such as scissors, coal iron, coal bag, tape measure, table etc.).  This would help graduates to start their own business. It would be wonderful if we could provide one for each graduate at a cost of $500.

Thanks for your kind assistance - empowering the disadvantaged in Freetown. We truly could NOT do this without you - we are deeply grateful for your support.

Cordially

The Develop Africa Team

Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Aug 1, 2016

See your Impact - a solar light in use

This family is so grateful for your generosity
This family is so grateful for your generosity

Dear project partners

We are so very excited about the opportunity that this project brings - to empower lives through solar power and technology.

Technology holds a vital key in that it can be used positively to open doors of opportunity. Technology can solve or alleviate real life and everyday problems.  

For many thousands in the developing world, power cuts and "black outs" are part of life - happening every week. Many thousands of other homes are not connected to the electrical grid. These homes do not have any power at all and they depend on fossil fuels and consumable energy sources to light their homes. 

Technology is the game changer that is touching and making a difference in the lives of these kids. Through our solar light gifts, kids are now able to read and do homework safely at night.  

Please watch the following linked video showing children studying with the use of the solar lights.  The families were so thankful to receive these solar lights- https://youtu.be/tZlCpG2YWJA.

Thank you again for partnering with us to bring solar power to the families in need.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

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