Why Deki?

We believe in a world of opportunity, not poverty

In 2021, it was estimated that 490 million people in Africa were living under the poverty line of $1.90 per person per day. This is 37 million more people than was projected without the pandemic which has led to increased poverty levels in Africa.

Working closely with our sister partner, IADES-Togo, we have created five strategic programmes which address the needs of the rural communities.

We believe that knowledge is the best route to empowerment, and as such we support our programmes and micro loans with continuous business development training and workshops.

These run fortnightly and make sure that all entrepreneurs have the tools and knowledge they need to manage their loans confidently and to be able to make informed financial decisions and make the most of their loan.

Workshops include training on risk management, basic book-keeping, the dangers of selling on credit, understanding the importance of savings, inventory management, dangers of over-indebtedness, customer relations, product promotion, and cleanliness and hygiene of the premises, to name a few.

To further support community groups with a wider knowledge of health and social issues, we also deliver workshops about malaria prevention and treatment, how to identify the symptoms of waterborne diseases, family planning, relationships within the family, sexual health and interpersonal relationships.

Women can also attend a workshop about how to check for breast cancer and talk about their fears surrounding it.

As poverty disproportionately affects women and girls, we also provide women’s rights workshops. These workshops create the opportunities for women to learn about subjects covering gender equality, legal rights within a marriage, advice on domestic violence, property ownership, and awareness of their economic rights.

Women are encouraged and inspired during these workshops to find their voices and to become leaders in their homes and communities.

Poverty and inequality remain extremely high, particularly in rural areas where poverty is twice that of urban areas.

Vulnerability is higher among women as they spend more time on unpaid work, are more likely to be employed in the informal sector, have fewer economic opportunities, are underrepresented at high levels of decision making and lack access to other basic socioeconomic facilities.

 Only one in five women in rural Togo, has access to a bank account

 In 2021, 84% of all livelihood development loans went to women and we delivered over 650 business and social training workshops.