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

by Self-Help International
Aug 25, 2010

Sarah Barnie's Sewing Story

Sarah with newer sewing machine
Sarah with newer sewing machine

Five years ago Sarah started sewing clothing to sell through a Self-Help loan. She is a good seamstress and very hardworking, but always lacked the financial support to expand her business. Thanks to loans from people like you Sarah purchased a newer sewing machine, expanded her sewing shop, and started hiring young apprentices to learn the sewing trade.

Today, she has a neat and tidy shop with four apprentices working with her. She has a coal iron to press the materail, and has recently purchased a knitting machine for the business. She has come a long way in a mere 5 years. During the Executive Director visit in July, she expressed 'thanks' to the US citizens for their support. Not only is her business expanding but she is able to take better care of her children and pay school and medical fees.

Thinking ahead, Sarah's goal is to have electricity in her shop so that she can work evenings and during the holiday seasons.

Sarah's neat and tidy shop
Recently purchased knitting machine
Recently purchased knitting machine
  • Miriam E
    Miriam E Thanks for the update; your tale of Sarah makes so clear how microloans work & how they help improve the lives of women in developing countries! Best wishes for the continued success of your valuable project!
    • 5 years ago
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Organization Information

Self-Help International

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