Novikpokpo Community Group

Looking for their very first loan to create a sustainable future

In June 2019, the Novipokpo Community Group was formed by women who live in  Kégué in southern Togo. They had heard about the loans and training offered by IADES and Deki and spoke with others in their community about forming their own group to benefit from these services. The idea proved popular –  Novipokpo group was created with 29 members, most of whom are women with young children.

Over the last two months the group has been preparing to receive their first Deki loans. They have been attending financial literacy training and holding regular group meetings where they can discuss challenges and offer support to one another. Each member has identified the business which they aim to grow. These businesses range from hairdressing and gardening, to selling shoes, sugar or fruits and vegetables.

Each entrepreneur will use their loan to purchase new stock, helping to increase production and generate greater profits which can either be reinvested or used to increase their standard of living. Each member of the Novipokpo Community group is looking forward to receiving their loan and beginning their journey towards a more sustainable future.

Novikpokpo Community Group – Target £2,785

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At 29-years old, Ayawa is one of the youngest members of the group. As a widow, she is financially responsible not only for herself but also for her three children who are aged between 8 and 14 years old. Ayawa also helps to take care of her parents. The Novipokpo community group will provide an opportunity for Ayawa to receive peer support as she works to provide a more sustainable livelihood for herself and her family.

Ayawa has already started her business, selling fruits and sodabi – a local palm wine – to the local market. With her very first Deki loan, Ayawa will purchase a larger stock of fruit to diversify her business and increase her profits.  Whilst she is growing her business, Ayawaa will also continue to receive tailored business training from her dedicated IADES staff member, who will help her to manage her loan and her business with confidence. When asked about her ambitions for the future, Ayawa expressed that her primary aim is to help her family to flourish.