Meet our Borrowers and Scholars

Vida Ankrah

Business: Tea Bread Baker

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2003

How did you start your business?
My mother is a baker. She taught me as a child.

How has being a microloan client helped your business?
Now I have more money to buy flour in bulk, so my supply lasts for several days. It is more efficient.

What is your future vision for your business?
I want to make donuts and buy a larger kiosk for my expanding business.

Mary Atanabo

Business: Vinter who also sells grain and nuts

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2006

How has being a microloan client helped your business?
I am able to buy more inventory because of the loans: More inventory, more sales, more profit.

What is your future vision for your business?
I want earn more to finish contruction of my shop.

Millicent Dodoo

Business: Bakes meat pies, cakes, and rock buns

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2008.

How has being a microloan client helped your business?
Now I buy supplies with cash, which is cheaper than borrowing. The extra income allows me to be more efficient and gives me some time away from my business.

What is your future vision for your business?
I would like to make upgrades to my shop like buying a larger oven.

Cecilia Dagadu

Business: Seamstress

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2004

How did you start your business?
I have been a seamstress for 10 years. After senior school I was asked what I wanted to do, and I said I would like to be a seamstress so my parents sent me to a sewing teacher.

How has being a microloan client helped your business?
Before WomensTrust I was just sewing for someone else. Now I have my own shop, and I am able to buy material.

What is your future vision for your business?
I would like to have a knitting machine.

Elizabeth Amenyor

Business: Seamstress

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2007

How did you start your business?
I have been a seamstress for 10 years. I was taught by a woman who was introduced to me. Because I needed a job, I went and learned.

What is your future vision for your business?
Expand the shop and sell more things like linen and materials.

Victoria Lartey

Business: Seller of sea salt and dried pepper

Length of time with WomensTrust: Client since 2007

How did you start your business?
I needed extra money to supplement the income from my other job at the stone quarry.

How has being a microloan client helped your business?
It provided me with the capital that I needed in order to pay the workers who offload the salt from the trucks.

What is your future vision for your business?
I would like to see my business grow into something very big.

Student Rita

After Rita’s father passed away, education became a luxury rather than a necessity.  Mounting school fees threatened Rita’s enrollment as her single mother struggled to support their family of four.  Thanks to WomensTrust’s scholarship program, Rita is now a senior high school graduate with a host of goals and a bright future.  Rita’s involvement in the career training workshop helped her to choose and develop a vocational track.  “The scholarship has made me a role model in my family and the society as a whole,” she proudly states.

Student Faima

“ I am in Junior High School Form 1. I like to read a lot and play games and try doing crossword puzzles, which has not been easy. But I am trying to improve my vocabulary and be able to speak and write very well. I also dance to traditional songs in the school competition.”

Student Ernestina

“ I am in the sixth grade and attend Pokuase Roman Catholic School. I am always learning because I want to reach my goal. I love maths because it makes my brain sharp and English because it increases my vocabulary. At my leisure I am always found reading or riding bicycles.”

Student Forgive

“I want to be a professional medical doctor so I am forcing myself to learn hard so that I can achieve my aim of being a medical doctor. I will take my books seriously especially Mathematics, Science, and English, which are the main subjects to help me acquire my future career. By the end of this sponsorship I will be a great person in the future and not a burden to society.”

Student Stella

In 2004, Stella was one of the first girls to receive a WomensTrust scholarship. The funds came at a critical time – Stella was about to transition from junior secondary to senior secondary school, an age at which education ends for most girls in Ghana. With money to offset the costs of uniforms, books, and school fees, Stella’s family allowed her to stay in school. She kept up her grades, and received scholarships each of the following three years.

Student Peggy

WomensTrust Scholarship Recipient

"Education is important to me because I want to be a role model for  others.  My goal is to become a cardiologist – the very first woman  cardiologist in Ghana. I believe education is the only thing that can transform Ghana because most of the successful leaders in our  community are well educated.  If you want to do well in life,  education is key."