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.

We work in Togo, one of the smallest countries in Africa and one of the poorest countries in the world, and one that does not feature highly on most funding agendas.

Located on the west coast of Africa, nestled between Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso, in the Gulf of Guinea, Togo has a population of 8.5 million people.

Poverty and inequality remain extremely high, particularly in rural areas, with over half of the population living below the poverty line.

 

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

These programmes run alongside ethical micro loans which are supported by 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.

At Deki we believe that knowledge is the best route to empowerment. Alongside our business development loans and business training modules, we also run health and social issues workshops.

During these workshops, community groups have the opportunity to learn 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 provide women’s rights education training. 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 to find their voices and to become leaders in their homes and communities.

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