Regina’s journey towards financial independence began with a vision, a dream to create a better life for herself and her family. She began her journey as a street vendor, traveling from school to school and door to door, earning a meager profit of only $50-$60 USD per month.
Despite the challenges, Regina remained steadfast in her pursuit of success. She applied the business principles she learned from her mentors and after a year of hard work, not only had she paid off her first and second micro-loans, but she had also saved $255 USD.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit her community, her husband Emmanuel lost his job, and their family’s income was significantly reduced. Regina was grateful that she had applied the principle of savings to her personal life, which helped them weather the storm.
Regina’s warm smile and outgoing personality soon attracted a loyal customer base. Regina takes great pride in keeping her shop clean and organized, always looking for ways to improve her small business. She is determined to grow her business and has set her sights on opening a small table-top bookshop near the SDA primary school in her community.
With ongoing support and mentoring from Mentors International, Regina began to diversify her products and became a wholesaler for many products. Other shop owners now buy their supplies from her, a testament to her entrepreneurial success.
Regina’s husband Emmanuel joined her in attending business development classes, and together, they worked tirelessly to grow their business. Today, he is her personal secretary and shop attendant, working side-by-side with Regina towards their shared vision of success.
Regina’s hard work and dedication paid off. She now owns a big provisions shop, with an average profit of about $187 USD per month. This income allows her to provide her family with nutritious meals three times daily, and her four kids are back in school, pursuing their education.
Regina’s story is a powerful reminder that with determination, hard work, and the right support, it is possible to overcome poverty and achieve financial independence. Her success is an inspiration to all who dare to dream big and work tirelessly to achieve their goals.
Regina and her family are now living happily. “We are most grateful to Mentor International in Ghana” is what they told us when we visited them.