The Badja Community Group
The nine women and five men in the Badja Group all share an ambition to improve their business and provide a better standard of living to their families.
The group is located in the Maritime region of Togo, not far from Lomé. The members range in age from 24 to 53; several of them are involved in agriculture – growing maize, tomatoes, yams and others earn their living through animal husbandry – raising chickens and goats.
Felimbou Tagreb is 33 and is married with one 5 year old child. He supports several of his younger siblings and his little boy attends school. He grows maize, yams and keeps bees for their honey. He has applied for a loan which he would use to buy more yam cuttings and increase the acreage of his plot. His ambition is to diversify into growing papaya, to have a large field which is equipped with irrigation channels.
One of the women is a seamstress who sells fabric and ‘pagnés – the lengths of patterned cloth. Another sells second-hand clothes and another lady sells savoury porridge.
Akou Atra is 51 and a widow; she has five children aged between 28 and 16 to support and she also provides some financial support to some of her siblings. She sells porridge and produces red oil (palm oil) which she sells in old bottles or plastic containers. She would use her loan to buy corn and sugar. She works 52 hours a week and her ambition is to achieve a better life and, in the long term, to build a house for her family.