One of the smallest countries in Africa, Togo is located on the west coast, nestled between Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso, in the Gulf of Guinea, with a population of 8.5 million people.
Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world and one that doesn’t feature highly on most funding agendas.
Poverty and inequality remain extremely high, particularly in rural areas, with over half of the population living below the poverty line.
Deki works with our sister partner, IADES-Togo, in the rural areas of Kévé, Abobo, and Agbelouve in the maritime region.
Our positive partnership and shared values with IADES-Togo is the beating heart behind the success to delivering our vision to those most in need.
Since 2016, we have worked side by side with Christian Kadangah, founder and Managing Director of IADES-Togo, and his team, and not only have our beneficiaries been able to grow, but so have we.
From Deki’s beginnings as a funding partner, and IADES’ as an implementing partner, we have developed a true partnership where we continuously work together towards the same vision.
When we first met Christian in 2014, he had only just established IADES (Institution d’Aide au Developpement Economique et Social), an independent micro-finance company in the centre of Togo’s capital, Lomé.
Christian had previously been working for one of Togo’s largest micro-finance companies, but felt that it was just about money, and not about the people they were supporting. With the little savings he had, and his passion to make a difference in the world, Christian left and started his own business, IADES-Togo.
Christian soon applied to work with us as a partner, but without enough experience, or enough historical data, sadly IADES didn’t meet our criteria. We could see the potential in this partnership and forwarded the list of measures they would need to improve to be eligible to apply again, which would take them a further two years.
In 2016, Christian approached Vashti again, and this time they would be able to meet face to face as Vashti was due to fly out to visit one of our other partners in Northern Ghana.
The two founders met soon afterwards in Accra, Ghana. The conversation flowed easily despite the language barrier and they soon realised that the organisations they had both started had shared beliefs and values.
Deki and IADES-Togo were both born from the passion to help people, and it is this which has made our alignment strong from the very beginning.
We both want to have a greater impact within the communities where we work, and to create a more holistic approach.
When Deki re-evaluated our different partnerships, we realised that we were spreading ourselves too thinly.
We could also see that our partnership with IADES-Togo was our strongest relationship and the most natural alliance.
Together we look for ways to create a sustainable long-term future with a clearer understanding of the best possible outcome for beneficiaries. it is this partnership which allows us to make the greatest impact.
“For me it is clear, that for vulnerable communities to flourish, they need basic economic and social services such as access to healthcare, access to clean energy, clean water and education.
We are pleased with the work being done with our sister partner Deki which brings well-being and smiles to the rural communities”
– Christian Kadangah