Empower 500 Women in Ghana with Microcredit Loans

by Self-Help International
Dec 5, 2012

Sarah's business grows with loan from SHI

Sarah's business in 2009.

Sarah Tawiah is a 37-year-old mother of four children, three of whom are in school. She is married to Daniel Tawiah. Sarah is a native of Nkawie Panin, a farming community in rural Ghana. 

Self Help International has worked with Sarah since 2009. In 2009 her business was small. She could sell just a handful of vegetables on a small table. She received her first loan in 2009 and has progressed successfully. She has received three more loans since her first.

It is extremely satisfying when rural poor women take loans, provide for their families, and grow their businesses with the loans.

Sarah now owns a store and sells many different items ranging from fresh vegetables to canned fish. She is popular in her community for selling fresh and roasted fish.

With her last loan Sarah bought a medium size deep freezer. She tells Self-Help the days of travelling to Kumasi (25km away) daily to buy fresh fish are over.  She said, “I will travel less, sell more fish and make more profit.”

Sarah also boasts of a television and a cell phone, both things she did not have in 2009. With her television she gets to know of prices of goods in other parts of the country.

In the meantime, her four children are enjoying better nutrition, clothes, school uniforms and money to pay for school.

Success stories like Sarah’s are made possible by your generous donations.Thank you for your support!

Sarah's business now.


  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for the update; this was a great story, conveying very dramatically how microloans can make a big difference in individual women's lives!
    • 4 years ago
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