|News and events|
Total of 500 participants in our project! (2009+2010)
We are very happy to announce that as of the first year of our project (2009) we were able to reach about 400 participants in the two project sites. More specifically, we had about 240 participants in Kakum National Park in 5 target communities, and about 160 participants in Amansuri in 4 target communities.
In the beginning of the second year (2010) we reached 482 participants in the two project sites, with 293 micro-entrepreneurs in Kakum (six communities) and 189 micro-entrepreneurs in Amansuri (4 communities).
Hiring of 9 community group promoters (November 2009)
In order to solidify our presence in and communication with the communities, Microsfere went ahead with the hiring of one community group promoter in each target community. The group promoters are to work closely with the solidarity loan groups and help them improve their dynamics. They are working under the supervision and in collaboration with our Project Field Coordinator and our Amansuri Officer.
Projects officially launched in both project sites (October and November 2008)
The community and biodiversity support project was officially launched in both project sites. A launching event was held in Kakum, in the Antikwaa community, on the 31st of October 2008, while in Amansuri it was held in Kengen community on the 29th of November 2008. Community members, project partners, local and regional administration representatives, traditional chiefs and other stakeholders were present to celebrate this important beginning.
Beginning of collaboration with Kakum Rural Bank (September 2008)
On September 1st 2008 Microsfere signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kakum Rural Bank, one of the leading micro-finance institutions in the Central Region of Ghana, for the implementation of our microfinance scheme in Kakum National Park. Through this collaboration, our aim is to reach between 200 to 300 families in the first year of the microfinance scheme operation in six communities around the Kakum National Park.
Beginning of collaboration with Jomoro Rural Bank (September 2008)
On September 30th 2008, Microsfere signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jomoro Rural Bank, in the Western Region, for the implementation of our microfinance programme in the Amansuri Wetland. We are targeting 4 communities in the vicinity of the Amansuri wetland, and our aim is to reach between 130 to 200 families in the first year of our project.
Opening of Microsfere office in Ghana (July 2008)
As of July 2008, we have a fully operational office in Ghana, where our Project Field Coordinator is stationed. The office space has been kindly offered by one of our national partners, the Wildlife Division and was fully refurbished by Microsfere. The office is located in the Wildlife Division administrative headquartes in the Kakum National Park.