Sun Shade Foundation's projects gives financial support (loan) of GH¢300.00 ($180.00) to each woman in a group of three without further request of material /collateral. The funds obtained from donors at GlobalGiving($305.00) were topped-up to empower two women who engage in table-top tomatoes and pepper selling. So far, they are happily trading and making a decent living, thanks to your support.Soon, they will complete repayment and the money will be loaned back to them to continue the cycle.
Ghana spends huge sums of money treating human generated disease predominantly caused by being poor, a factor that slows down the country‘s strategic efforts on poverty alleviation. Ghana is on track in its efforts to achieving the millennium Development Goals but issues of human generated diseases, other economic exclusion situations, marginalization, lack of community inclusion if not checked could hamper its achievement. This is why projects from Sun Shade Foundation is well placed and has to be supported. The project is revolving such that loans are given back to clients after successful repayments, hence cycle continues.
This project thus focuses on the poor, especially women. Why women? Women and children are the most vulnerable. Furthermore, they often run the risk of attack and abuse. Women will take any opportunity to help their families survive even if it means being involved in activities that could potentially humiliate them. Women often are left to reclaim discarded items in exchange for small change. For example, the only recourse available to one poor woman SSF interviewed, was collecting empty small bottles at the dump, an area rampant with contagious disease. The bottles were then sold for mere change. Even after spending the whole day collecting, washing, and selling the bottles, the woman earns less than $2 a day. Young girls work as maids, ‘kayaye’, truck pushers or are pressed into service as sex-workers, while boys are often involved in child labour and petty criminal activities. To stop this cycle of economic slavery, the parents of this children especially their mothers have to be supported through projects at Sun Shade Foundation.