SHI- Fund 200 Women's Micro-Credit Loans in Ghana

by Self-Help International
Dec 6, 2011

Weather and floods do not stop Linda!


Torrential rainfalls caused the Offin River to spill over its banks near Abompe, Ghana earlier this year.  The flooded river submerged the road linking Asugya to Abompe, the only thoroughfare for local villagers. 


But the extreme weather didn’t stop Linda, a micro-credit loan trainee, from crossing the flooded river in an old, leaky canoe with her 4 month old daughter to attend the Self Help International micro credit meeting in Abompe.


“Linda is very diligent about attending the training sessions Self Help sponsors,” says Benjamin Kusi, project officer of the training program.  Before women are granted micro-credit loans from Self Help they must successfully complete a 6-month training program teaching basic business guidelines  and healthy, day-to-day living strategies.


Traveling through extreme, weather-related conditions to attend these sessions is common, explains Kusi. The woman are so grateful for the opportunity to learn how to improve their lives and provide a better lifestyle for their children.


Linda will graduate from the training program in February, 2012 and will be eligible for a micro-credit loan at that time.


 “It is satisfying to see the confidence and progress these women experience through the training program and financial support from Self Help, “ continues Kusi. “Their lives are literally transformed.”



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Organization Information

Self-Help International

Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Executive Director
Waverly, IA United States