Help Fund Women Farmers in Ghana

by Opportunity International
Dec 17, 2012

Success for Struggling Farmers

You brought success to struggling farmers and families in Ghana

  • More than 7,000 cocoa, poultry and plantain farmers like Elizabeth are benefiting from the broad range of services offered through Opportunity’s Agriculture Finance Initiative – more than tripling outreach in the second quarter. Cocoa farmers represent more than 80% of the active farmer clients.
  • Rural savings accounts have grown from 25,742 in March 2012 to 63,374 as of June 30, 2012. The Agro saver product for rural clients was rolled out over the quarter, and staff expects strong client demand during the harvest season (September-January) when farmers’ incomes are higher.

Your partnership is making the dream of education a reality for Ghanaian children

As of June 30, 2012, Opportunity Ghana reported active school loans with 119 proprietors, up from 110 at December 31, 2011 and an outstanding education finance loan portfolio valuing $674,714, up 44% from 2011 year-end.

  • Opportunity Ghana is currently conducting an intensive campaign in partnership with the Ghana National Association of Private Schools to increase outreach to schools.
  • Opportunity Ghana has launched a school fee loan available to existing microbusiness loan clients to help send their children to school. Fifteen families have already taken advantage of this opportunity.
  • The bank is piloting a child savings/insurance account called EduSave in two branches for a four month period. The pilot will be assessed and product rolled out by early 2013.   

You changed everything for Vivian

A natural entrepreneur, Vivian instinctually knew how to transform what started as a table-top slipper display into a larger stall situated in a better location. “I always had a sense of what would sell in my community and how to display it nicely. I approach business with a positive attitude and a spirit of hard work.” What she lacked, however, was the capital to make it happen.

Today, selling a variety of supplies that she thoughtfully selects and displays to fill the needs of her community, Vivian uses her natural business skills coupled with strategically invested loans and training to operate a thriving business. Vivian is investing her eighth loan of $518 to purchase a freezer that will allow her to sell cold foods and beverages. 

As a result of her partnership with Opportunity Ghana, Vivian testifies that her life has taken a whole new direction. “I thank God for leading me to OISL to impact my life, and may the Lord richly bless them in return.”

Vivian formed the dream; you gave her the opportunity to make it a reality. On behalf of Vivian and more than a million other families, thank you very much for your partnership.  



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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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