Kubura used to carry sandals for sale on her head, moving from one community to another. She would often walk over 23 kilometers a day to sell her sandals to the surrounding communities. Making about $3.50 a week, this small income was not enough to feed herself and her family.
Our mentor Mahama Sumani makes the weekly trek to Nayirifong, a small suburb of Walewale in the North East Region of Ghana. The women in this remote region are learning business and self-reliance principles for the first time. For many mothers, this is their first opportunity for education.
Kubura was fortunate to meet Sumani during one of his visits to the Walewale market. Kubura started attending our series of trainings.
Over the last several months, Kubura has made several improvements to her business. She no longer has to carry her products on her head. She has a large table where she can display her goods. She invested her micro-loan in additional inventory. She has more sandals for all ages. For both men and women. People know that if they need new sandals, Kubura will have something that fits. She also sells toys and small treats.
During one of our visits to Kubura’s shop, she said, “I can now feed my family with three daily nutritious meals, cloth them, and pay their school fees as well. All three of my children are in school. I am grateful to Mentors International for the training and support given to me. Thank you, Mentors International, for helping me become a successful businesswoman.”
Today Kubura makes about $16 a week. She didn’t have a savings account, and today she has saved $9.
Her mentor Mahama Sumani said, “Kubura will soon be self-reliant. She is a very hardworking person who is very dedicated to her work. She is someone who actively participates during training lessons. We can count on her to be on time and not miss a meeting.”