Lamasse Community Group

What will this opportunity bring? Joy to the family, helping the children to live better. It’s everything.

When women in the Adji neighbourhood, just east of Klikame in Lome decided to join a savings group, they started to asked around. Soon they heard about a local group, but it was completely full with no new memberships available.

True to their entrepreneurial spirit, they decided to create their very own community savings group instead and Lamasse was established in June 2019.

Lamasse is a group of 18 entrepreneurs. 17 of them are married women working in mostly retail. They sell herbs and spices, staple grains like rice, maize and wheat, sugar or fruit and vegetables. Some work as seamstresses, making and selling skirts, dresses and pagnè, a traditional wrap style skirt. There’s only one male group member, who works as a carpenter in the neighbourhood.

17 members of the group are applying for their very first microloan. Many of them were unemployed before the savings group was established, so they are excited by the opportunity to access financial services and improve their families’ living standards. Alongside the loans they are also receiving vital financial and business training , so they can confidently invest their loan in more stock and have a plan for broadening their business ventures and sustainably increase their profits.

And Lamasse is an ambitious group – when asked what they hope for the future, they said: open their own shop, buy land and build new homes so their children can have a better life.

Lamasse Community Group – Target £1,923

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