|Patricia, palm fruit processor|
Patricia works and lives in the village of Antwikwaa, one of the communities neighboring Kakum National Park. She is a member of the Antwikwaa Traders' Group, which is called "Nyame Na Aye" and has 22 members. This group, which consists mainly of women, was among the first to complete the reimbursement of its collective loan.
Microsfere: Which economic activity are you engaged in?
Patricia: Palm fruit processing and sale of smoked fish, fried fish as well as tomatoes and garden eggs.
M: How much money did you receive as loan from the Microsfere project in the first cycle?
P: 200 Ghana cedis (100 euros)
M: What benefit did you derive from the microcredit you received?
P: Many benefits. I have been able to increase my sales and have revenues to pay off my children’s school fees and also to provide some basic meals for my home.
M: What benefit can you specifically say the Microsfere Project has brought to you and the protection of the National Park?
P: Because of the project, I am now very busy selling and have no time or need to look for snails, mushroom and herbs from the National Park. (NOTE: the collection of non-timber products is illegal within the park boundaries)
M: What preparations have you made to receive the second batch of microcredit?
P: I have made contacts with my suppliers to provide me with the raw materials as soon as I have received the second microcredit.