Roadside commerce is alive and well in West Africa with an overwhelming portion of the population earning a living for their families by selling their wares carried above their head.
By giving women with children small manageable loans without interest, we are able to help a family become self-sustainable.
These loans are used to purchase inventories for entrepreneurial activities which can have a strong impact on the individual recipient, as well as her family.
If a woman can afford to purchase inventory, and resells it to then create a business practice, then there is more hope for herself and her immediate family to become positive members of society.
Self-sufficient woman can afford to pay schooling costs for young children, and a huge burden is then lifted off the child who can focus on their on educational advancement.
Woman who qualify for this loan will be given approximately $15USD converted into their local currency and are expected to pay back an agreed portion every week based on the profit margins of their endeavors.
Currently there are 56 women who have benefited from this program, and extensions will be added as funding allows later this year.
Here is a list of some of the women that received the loan and the amount given to them in "CFA" local currency. Click here for the list.