In rural Northern Ghana it is difficult to generate income due to a lack of resources. When Jared and Anna Odle arrived in Ghana they joined a development program involved with shea nuts. Because of the overabundance of shea nuts in the area, making shea butter is an organically effective way to create income for thousands of women. Women are able to purchase healthier food for their family to eat and send their children to school through the income created by producing shea butter. However, there is a current need to build 2 shea butter processing centers for the health and safetly of the women.
Beatrice, a single mother of two children, trades in fish and groceries to take care of her family. She travels to different parts of the country to sell her fish. She is also very involved in her church as part of the choir.
Precious is a pastor’s wife in Ghana. To help support her family she started a beverage business in 2009 selling cola and water by a highway. She recently had to move her business because the road was being expanded. Precious has now relocated and rebuilt her shop but is needing a loan to help get back to selling as she used most of her capital in the relocation.
Godsway graduated from high school in 2013. He’s the son of a pastor and has been a fisherman all his life. He doesn’t use a boat to fish but uses a variety of nets and hooks which he carries, walks into the river and sets for the catch. Godsway’s father will soon be retiring from his role and all eyes are on this young man to be the next church leader.
Nohn constantly travels outside of Liberia, to the Republic of Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Togo to purchase more wholesale materials. She sells women clothing, ladies slippers, and children clothes, as well as back packs for students on a wholesale and retail basis.
Aron has been the church leader of Abubuwura Christian Church in the Volta North since 2006. He is also involved in various businesses which creates income for his family such as pig rearing (he currently has 24 pigs), crop farming (garden eggs, okra, pepper, maize, cassava, cocoa and palm plantation), retailing of household goods and retailing of farm products. A loan would help Aron reduce the cost of regular travel and increase his profitability. Income from his businesses also allows him to continue in leadership at the church.
Fausitina has a gift of cooking and uses her gift to support her church and family. She cooks and prepares banku, rice and kenkey to sell to the school children in her community. Through her business she has already put two of her children through school and is now supporting her third child Joshua who is currently in high school.
Pastor Daniel Sebbie started First Class Academy out of his home in 2012 which has grown to 350 students. In 2017, Hilltop Christian Camp in Columbus, Indiana helped fund a five classroom expansion which the school is currently using. However, there is now land available opposite the school’s current location which Daniel would like to purchase for further growth. Acquisition of this land is very strategic to Daniel as it would provide him a larger compound now and for the future.
David Lodo was in the transportation business from 2003 to 2013 until he became ill and had to stop driving. He currently pastors a church but must work outside the church to provide for his wife Elizabeth and their three young children. He fishes to earn income for his family but income is inconsistent. He feels his best option is to return to driving a vehicle as he is experienced and has a great understanding of the business.
Evelyn, Linda, Fatu, Mariea and Yah work hard to provide for their family. All from the same community and church these women sell various household items, school supplies, food and clothing and each are eager to expand their business.
Konah is a Christian business woman in selling a variety of materials: plastic cups, bowls, and dishes. Konah’s goal is to support their children to obtain quality education, provide for their family and give generously to their local church. She is married with five children.
Margret buys and sells food stuff such as hot sauce, peanut butter, onions, and tomato for both retail and whole sale. She’d like to purchase more products in bulk to better provide for her clients and build her business.
Ruth sells household goods from 3 different shops in Accra and Kumasi. She is very industrious and has been in business a long time to help support her husband who Pastors the Garden City Christian Church.
Faysiah runs a mini shop with a variety of dried goods such can food, coffee, sugar, flour, laundry soap, etc. He also sells engine oil for cars and motorbikes. He would like to expand his business to include cement and various construction items and needs to build a larger and more efficient shop.
Peter Mulwale, pastor and field representative in Kenya, has over 25 years of experience working in media through radio stations (Radio Mambo) and magazine publishers (STEP Magazine and The Standard Group). Because of his expertise he was approached to start a community based radio station that would create job opportunities for local youth as well as enhance the ministry of spreading the Gospel. The station would also partner with the Metrological Department to bring important weather and climate information to the community.