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Adua, soap maker & much more
2014_06_akua_addo_3bis.jpgAdua, is a prolific micro-entrepreneur, involved in a number of economic activities, and we are proud to say that Microsfere is her parter. She is involved in petty trading, grasscutter rearing, soap making, snail rearing... and her eagerness to learn is still there!
Meet "Sankofa" 
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Sankofa is a cultural association aiming to allow French people to discover more about Ghana and its culture, and also to assist migrant Ghanaians to maintain socio-economic links with their roots.
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       Our mission
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Microsfere aims at combining biodiversity conservation and rural development in areas protected for their ecological value in West Africa. We use a variety of tools, such as social microfinance, which is nowadays renown to be one of the best performing instruments to combat poverty, training, creation of pilot microenterprises, introduction of environmental friendly techniques, as well as awareness raising on environmental and health issues. But how does a social microfinance scheme work and what is the link between reduction of poverty and biodiversity conservation?
     
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      Areas of intervention
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Currently Microsfere is active in southwestern Ghana. It operates in the Kakum National Park and the Amansuri wetland, two sites that are part of the world biodiversity heritage region (Biodiversity Hotspot) called "Guinean forests of West Africa." Our projects are implemented in collaboration with our national partners, the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission and the Ghana Wildlife Society.


       Microsfere in action
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In the first six years of our projects, Microsfere supported about 600 micro-entrepreneurs working in the following areas: fishing, pig rearing, small-scale trade, agricultural activities (cacao, vegetables, etc.), fishmongering and food processing. We also supported the creation of new social or environmental-friendly micro-enterprises, such as soap making, bee-keeping, grass-cutter rearing, handicrafts and fishmongering with improved smokers (chorkor smokers). 


       Future goals
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Microsfere wishes to promote accompanying measures for the project beneficiaries, such as further technical training, the use of improved cook stoves, the development of "Fair Trade" activities, training for librarians, and of course to increase the number of micro-entrepreneurs participating in the project. 
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