Entrepreneurship

Aug 02, 2019
This is the second part of the four-parts series. Read the beginning here: https://is.gd/AORh4l  In many rural communities of Northern Ghana, farmers depend on a single rainy season for the family’s annual food and income. As an added security measure, men often rear small ruminants or poultry, to supplement their farming revenue. Strong management of small ruminants – sheep, in particular – requires several key items: shelter, timely medical care & vaccinations, and general knowledge of supplementary feeding needs. Availability of community-level support mechanisms, such as basic veterinary services, plays a pivotal role in the successful breeding of the animals. Because of the costs associated with purchasing the starter flock and supplying the... Read more
Apr 30, 2019
Gloria Anang is a 28-year-old resident of Accra and owner of Gloo Gallery. She graduated from YIEDIE, a Global Communities that creates economic opportunities in Ghana's construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth. Soon after she went on to start a successful business in interior decorating. Her store can be found in Teshie, a coastal town in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal District. The journey to achieving her dream of being a storeowner and self-sufficient entrepreneur was not an easy one. Gloria is the youngest of five girls, and throughout her childhood, both her mother and father worked day and night to sustain the household and ensure that all the essential necessities were available. But her father died when she was in primary school, leaving her mother as the sole... Read more
May 14, 2018
Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods in the “Promised Land”  Savings and lending associations helping residents in Canaan develop their own businesses
Maggy Pierre and her daughters are rebuilding their lives in the community of Canaan, Haiti. Eight years after the Haiti earthquake, thousands of people are remaking their lives life in Canaan. The area is an emerging city located north of Port-au-Prince and has served as a space to relocate thousands of displaced people after the earthquake in 2010. Among the thousands of these new Canaan residents is Maggy Pierre, a 54-year-old mother of four. She relocated to Canaan in 2017 and built a small house. Known as the Promised Land, Canaan offered earthquake survivors the possibility of owning land and building a house. Despite the benefits... Read more
Mar 13, 2018
Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Ghana How one program is changing incentives to help women enter non-traditional occupations By Karla Yoder, Economic Development and Workforce Technical Specialist for Global Communities  |  This article first appeared in Medium.
Ruth Medufia at her training site. Ruth Medufia is a trailblazer. The 24-year-old from Sekondi-Takoradi had always hoped to get a steady job and support her family, a dream shared by many other youth in Ghana. What makes her unique though, especially for a young woman, is her interest in welding. Ever since she was a child, Ruth had wanted to learn how to weld, and thanks to the YIEDIE project, she has made that... Read more
Feb 09, 2018
Building Economic Prosperity in Iraq, One Small Loan at a Time For a long time, Nada Khoudair considered herself an ordinary housewife and mother who took pride in her role of taking care of her family. But her view of herself altered dramatically when her husband passed away and she found herself the sole breadwinner for herself and her son. She rose to the challenge and opened a small hair styling salon. The space was small and needed a lot of renovations, but she was determined to make it work so she could support herself and keep her son in school. Nada was barely covering her expenses when she learned about CHF Vitas Iraq, a finance institution that provides small- and medium-sized loans to Iraqi entrepreneurs and homeowners. The first loan she took out allowed her to purchase modern... Read more
Sep 11, 2017
Building Small Agribusinesses in East Africa Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a five-year initiative of Global Communities to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a planned $50 million loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Small and medium-sized agribusinesses (A-SMEs) are a potential driver of inclusive agriculture-led economic growth, but they face constraints – including inadequate financing, lack of... Read more
Sep 11, 2017
Building Small Agribusinesses in East Africa Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a five-year initiative of Global Communities to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a planned $50 million loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Small and medium-sized agribusinesses (A-SMEs) are a potential driver of inclusive agriculture-led economic growth, but they face constraints – including inadequate financing, lack of market information, lack of market orientation, limited market linkages... Read more
Mar 27, 2017
Youth, Purpose and Prosperity: Security in the Middle East This is Sa’ed Murad. He is a Jordanian who, not long ago, was one of the young people who make up the 29% youth unemployment statistic in that country. Today, however, he is a successful app developer. He is one of 73 youth who, through the MENA-YES program in Jordan, learned how to develop apps for the Android platform. The Arabic language app market is a great untapped market; there are few apps produced in that language and a huge population across the Middle East and around the world with the Arab diaspora. When Sa’ed first applied to join Global Communities’ Caterpillar Foundation-supported MENA-YES program, he had to borrow money to be able to afford to come to class. Initially he learned how to... Read more
Mar 24, 2017
Partners for Good Partners for Good is a Jordanian NGO, and a member of the Global Communities family. Partners for Good (PfG) aims at innovating and leading approaches that empower youth,women and marginalized groups economically and socially, providing them with skills and opportunities to become self-sufficient active citizens. It envisions a world where people own an opportunity to live and prosper with dignity. Partners for Good is a spin-off to two of Global Communities’ successful youth and child programs including, Combating Exploitative Child Labor through Education (CECLE) and MENA Youth Empowerment Strategy (MENA YES). With the completion of the Caterpillar Foundation-funded MENA YES program, Global Communities... Read more
Mar 09, 2017
Economic Development Factsheet Global Communities’ economic development programs aim to catalyze sustainable and inclusive economic growth by strengthening the capacity and integration of economic actors to effectively pursue market-based opportunities. Our programs increase incomes and support local economies through assisting in the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises; strengthening household resiliency; fostering private sector-driven workforce development; creating expanded access to financial services; and supporting local governments in creating business enabling environments—being especially mindful of the needs of youth, women and marginalized groups. We use a systems-based approach that... Read more
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