Sponsor Microfinance: Empower Small Businesses

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Mariatu says Thanks!
Mariatu says Thanks!

Dear Project Supporters,

Meet Mariatu, a project beneficiary. She is a palm oil (cooking oil) retailer at a local market in Freetown. During the Ebola crisis, her husband was unemployed and she was the sole bread winner.

Thanks to the microfinance loan that she received, her business is doing well. Her family is fed every day and the kids are able to go to school. Your support made a huge difference in sustaining her and her family.

Mariatu says a personal Thanks! in this video.

"I say a big "Thank You" for this microfinance program that you made available. During the Ebola crisis, my husband was unemployed. Through this loan, my children have been fed and are going to school. Also, everything is well at home and taken care of - so I am very grateful to you for your support. My name is Mariatu."

YOU, made this happen!

Thanks so much for your support.

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

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Fatmata
Fatmata's business blossoms

Dear Project Supporters,

Fatmata has been selling dried smoked fish since she was a teenager and opening a small business has been her long-time dream.

The funds she received from this GlobalGiving project helped provide the needed resources to supply her new business with a range of fish processing ingredients, equipment and furniture. With these items, she was able to start her business and make a huge difference in her and her family's life.

Her business has blossomed with the help of her husband Mohamed. He is currently unemployed, but helps her dry the fish for market.

In addition, the funding she received helped her extend their single room with a nice frontage and make their place more secure.

They have been able to pay their children's school fees and provide them with proper clothing. They are now neatly dressed for school, church and other activities.

YOU, made this happen!

Thanks so much for your support.

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

Microfinance beneficiary uses sewing machine
Microfinance beneficiary uses sewing machine

Dear project supporters:

We are delighted to provide a progress update on the sewing machine you provided - through microfinance funds. 

Josie, a beneficiary, has completed his first year of tailoring training at the vocational training center.  In the photos you can see him with the sewing machine and receiving the certificate provided at the end of the first year.  

Josie is excited about the progress and he sends a word of appreciation and gratitude to you for your support.  

This would not have been possible without your assistance.  With this machine he has acquired new skills and is already earning an income.  Because of your support he is now independent.  Thanks again for helping to make this happen.  

We deeply appreciate YOU!

The Develop Africa Team

first year training completed receives certificate
first year training completed receives certificate
Saffie sells coal
Saffie sells coal

YOUR donations helped Saffie launch a new business during the current Ebola crisis. 3 months ago with provided funds, she started to sell or retail charcoal. She buys bags of coals in bulk and then distributes this to customers in the Wellington community. Charcoal is a widely used cooking fuel - with a steady, on-going demand.  Typically all houses cook daily.

Thanks to this venture, Saffie has been able to take care of her family through this Ebola crisis. This opportunity has been a tremendous help to her and she plans to continue doing and even growing this business.

Our support is making a real difference and changing lives - one life at a time.  Saffie sends her sincere thanks and appreciation to you for your valued and faithful support.

Happy Saffie - thanks to your support
Happy Saffie - thanks to your support
participants
participants

We are delighted to share with you a video from a previous training session.  

In this video, participants at a Develop Africa Business and Microfinance Training session share what they have learned from the training. They discuss pitfalls, previous mistakes made and ways in which they can improve their business - through disciplined spending and better cash management.

The business training component is a key part of the support you help to provide.  Our goal is to ensure that the businesses receive the best support enabling them to be successful.

The review and peer discussion session that you can see breifly in the video provides a great additional component - helping to ensure that the principles and best practices are both understood and personally applied.

Your support makes these training and review sessions possible as we endeavor to fully empower small businesses to succeed.  We deeply appreciate your support.

participants had a lively, illuminating discussion
participants had a lively, illuminating discussion
lessons learned shared from personal perspectives
lessons learned shared from personal perspectives
participants benefited from peer discussions
participants benefited from peer discussions

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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