The goal of REP is to improve the livelihoods and incomes of rural poor micro and small entrepreneurs. The Development objective is to increase the number of rural MSEs that generate profit, growth and employment opportunities.
The livelihoods of many previously poor persons in rural Ghana have significantly improved due to the interventions of REP. We feature two of such persons:
Owing to its interventions in participating districts, many previously unemployed persons and struggling business operators have witnessed tremendous improvement in their businesses and incomes. Below are some testimonials from REP clients about how the Programme is improving their living conditions:
It all started when I was selected to receive some equipment and tools to start my own business. Since then, my life has been changed significantly.
We use to employ different kinds of difficult methods in catching fish from the Volta River including going under the water to shoot arrows at big fishes. But thanks to the BAC, who trained us in aqua culture and helped us get this fish cages, fishing is now very easy for us
Tadze Fish Farmers Association
South Tongu Dist
I’ve been able to almost construct a house through soap making. I learnt how to do soap through REP. Now I also travel to other districts to teach them how to make soap.
Dinah Araba Aidoo
REP helped me with a loan to acquire industrial machines for my woodwork business. Now my business has really expanded. People sometimes come all the way from Accra and Tema to buy products from me here in Daboase.
Wassa East Dist.
I was a client of the BAC in sewing when I heard of a training in grasscutter and rabbit rearing. I decided to participate and today I earn far more from the rabbit business than sewing. I currently have over 300 rabbits.
Lower Manya Krobo Dist.
Through the REP Tradeshow, several of which I have attended, I have established many contacts. People come from different parts of Ghana to buy my flower pots. Business is very good now. I look forward to more support from the BAC to expand my business.
South Tongu Dist.
I received welding equipment from REP to start my own business. But I work in my own shop in the morning and weekends and come to take care of my master’s shop from 11 am to 6 pm. He insists on leaving his business for me to run.
I used to sell roasted groundnuts to earn a living …Now, I make more than 20 boxes of soap weekly. I used part of the money I earn to expand my soap business and spend the rest on my family and three workers.
The training in small business management and regular counselling services from the BAC have been of enormous benefits to my farming business. I am so much in-debted to REP
I used to help my mother in selling cooked rice and stew. The BAC gave me training in soap making and today life is good for me. Though I’m married, I do not worry my husband for chop money to cook food for the house. I am also able to save a lot more money.
Suweba Abdul Somed
West Mamprusi Dist
First, REP gave us training on how to manage our businesses. After that I got a loan to expand the business. But my greatest benefit from REP has been the seven trade shows I have attended. Now people call me from all over to buy my sandals.
Central Tongu Dist.
I make daily sales of about GHS 2,000 from my soap business and profit of GHS 300. I owe this to the training in soap making I received through the BAC…I am better able to take care of my siblings and parents.
Savelugu Nanton Dist
Today when my friends and family members pull, me too I pull some (referring to his ability to equally donate during fund raising in his community and family gathering). Despite being “crippled”, people respect me a lot because of my works, thanks to REP. By the Grace of God, I have been able to finance myself through university education through the income I get from my leather work business. I am also married to the love of my life and takes very care of her. I owe all these to REP who gave me the training and supported me with equipment to start my shoes and sandals business.
Twifo Ati-Morkwa Dist.
The Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) is part of Ghana Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in the rural areas. It is an excellent example of the commitment of the Government of Ghana and development partners to scale up successful projects.