Dieu est Grande Collective – Fully funded!
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the rural economy in Togo and every member of the Dieu est Grande collective, has worked hard to establish a small business. Deki is proud to have a very good working relationship with our partner, IADES, with whom we are able to help the collectives gain access to loan capital.
The Dieu est Grand group includes fourteen people, twelve women and two men, aged between 23 and 66 (not all photographed here).
Every one of them works hard to keep their small business running, so that they can afford to send their children to school, provide food for their family and to improve their family’s standard of living.
The businesses are varied; some sell general foodstuffs, condiments, foufou (cassava meal) or eggs. Others sell charcoal and wood, wicks (for kerosene lamps), shoes, pagnés or over the counter medicines.
Maria Akpedji Bankole is 31 and mother of two children aged 15 and 10. She is a young widow supporting her family by herself. To earn a living she sells shoes and charcoal: she will use her loan to buy fruit and diversify her business. She is determined to increase her income, grow her business and, in the long term, she has ambitions to build a house for her family.