Banking on Education

by Opportunity International
Feb 19, 2013

You helped Madam Evelyn provide the promise of a better future through education

Madam Evelyn
Madam Evelyn

The first thing Madam Evelyn Nuku noticed upon moving to Santa Maria, Ghana ten years ago was that the community did not have a school. Having studied to become a teacher, this weighed on Evelyn immensely. Before long, her concern that began as a seed blossomed into a plan. With a heart for children and a true entrepreneurial spirit, Evelyn didn’t waste any time opening the doors to the Best Way Grammar Academy, a tiny wooden structure with seven students enrolled.  

Today, Best Way, now constructed from concrete block, is the school of choice for 300 students ranging from preschool to junior high school. When asked what makes her school special, Evelyn says, “I have learned to use capital strategically to expand my school and meet the needs of the families in Santa Maria.” As one of the first schools to benefit from Opportunity Ghana’s Education Finance initiative she has been accessing loans and training since 2004. “I feed my students two meals per day, giving their parents peace knowing they may not have eaten otherwise. My tuition is affordable and I hire the best teachers. This is how I can express my love for children and for education.” Evelyn is confident she will fulfill her goal to add a computer lab and a high school program.  


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Opportunity International

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ally Lynch
Oak Brook, Illinois United States

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