Empower 500 Women in Ghana with Microcredit Loans

by Self-Help International
Mar 7, 2013

Education for Akosua's kids

Akosua's pottery

Akosua Ehu is the leader of a small group, but the size of her group does not adversely influence their ability to be successful in various ventures including pottery making and large scale farming. With only three other women in Akosua's group, many might assume they have had little influence in their community but surely her seven kids would have to disagree. In the last eight years, Akosua has taken out 14 loans to increase her inventory of clay for her pottery business but more importantly, to pay for her children's school fees. 

"With the loans, I have been able to send some of my kids to learn various apprenticeship trades," said Akosua.

With many of her kids now working or taking apprenticeships, Akosua has decided to put more resources into expanding her business. She has the contacts already as her business has been around for a long time but she has been unable to buy in large quantities and keep costs down.

Her goal is to expand her business by purchasing larger quantities of firewood and clay to produce more pottery to sell at the nearby markets. She is not interested in another type of business or training because she says "[Pottery making and selling] has more potential if well developed."

Over the past eight years as she has expanded her business, she has continually recognized how to further expand and stay on top of her expenses to continue earning money to pay for her children's school fees.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. It helps women like Akosua grow their businesses and in turn keep their children in school.


  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for an inspiring update, and the photos really made this project come to life!
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Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.selfhelpinternational.org
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Waverly, IA United States
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