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Global Brigades In Partnership With Microfin Rural Bank Limited Empowers Rural Entrepreneurs In The Ekumfi District

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Global Brigades In Partnership With Microfin Rural Bank Limited gave birth to the Dofo MHope group geared at poverty eradication through savings, loans and financial literacy.

Global Brigades  is an international non-profit that uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Their model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably transitioning to a relationship of impact monitoring.
What are Brigades? Groups of passionate volunteers who mobilize toward positive social change.

The Global Business Brigades program is an international movement of university students and professionals building economic opportunities in the developing world. Working alongside with promising entrepreneurs and experienced year-round staff to create financial opportunities in remote and rural areas.

The Business team of GBO Ghana in partnership with Microfin Rural Bank Limited set up a group to empower entrepreneurs especially in the Ekumfi and Abura Asebu Kwamankese Districts. So far there have been great impacts.

Hanaa Naana Afful – Porridge Seller                                                        

In an interview with one of the beneficiaries Hanna Naana Afful she said:
“I joined the MHope group in Ekumpoano six months ago. After six weeks of financial and non financial training, I received a loan of $200 to revamp my business. The loan facility was made possible through Global Brigades and Microfin partnership, aimed at empowering micro businesses and women in Ekumfi and Abura Asebu Kwamankese Districts in the Central Region of Ghana.
Thanks to this support, I was able to buy at $60.00 a bag of millet that I would have purchased at $80 on credit. I now save $20 on every bag of millet I buy and I am able to use this to buy other ingredients needed for my business. With the help of this loan, I currently make more than 100% profit from my business. I have been able to support my husband and two of our children who were of school going age but were at home due to poor finances to  go to school. I now see a brighter future for myself, my family and Ekumpoano.”

Stephanie Atta Endoo – Provisions Shop Owner

Another Beneficiary Stephanie Atta Endoo also shares her story:
“I joined the Dofo MHope group formed by Global Brigades and Microfin rural Bank partnership in our community to empower community members to overcome our poverty through savings, loans and financial literacy education. I was able to access a loan $200 after going through 20 weeks of saving and financial literacy education.
Within six months of receiving this support, I have been able to open a grocery shop where I sell different types of soft drinks, eggs, biscuits, toffees, soap etc to my community members. My income has increased tremendously and I have been able to enroll my other two children in school with my youngest child attending a private kindergarten in a neighbouring community. I am comfortable with payment of fees and all associated costs of this loan. I aspire to be a great entrepreneur and ready to have business brigaders consult for my business, train me in financial management and business records keeping. I am very proud of my achievement and hope more entrepreneurs like me will have access to this great opportunity to improve their lives.”

Below is a “success story video” by some beneficiaries of the group.


Sheila Appiah Kubi,
the Manager of the Economic Empowerment Program, in an interview said; The Dofo MHope was set up geared at poverty eradication through savings, loans and financial literacy, So I am glad we are meeting our goals and beneficiaries are happy. We as a team would also be very grateful if other stakeholders and partners would come on board so that we all impact lives for a global development.
For other information kindly check out our website via www.globalbrigades.org
Thanks.

Source: GBO Ghana

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Benemma Poetry Network Presents Vibes Under Moon On UCC Campus

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Vibes under moon is a poetry event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network and is scheduled to take place on 20th September, 2019 at the forecourt of University of Cape Coast Senior Club House between 5:30pm and 9: 30pm.
The aim of the event is to demonstrate to the Ghanaian community the richness and impactful nature of poetry.

Students of the University of Cape Coast and the entire populace of the Cape Coast municipality will be exhilarated by stunning poetry performances as one of Ghana’s finest poets; Nana Asaase prepares to perform at the maiden edition of Vibes Under moon. Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka, popularly known as Nana Asaase, is one of the sought-after figures in the Ghanaian art industry owing to his established credentials as arguably the best poet the country has had over the past decade.

Nana Asaase (Poet)

He performed at the 2018 edition of the Ghana UK based Achievement Awards and was even presented with an honorary award at the maiden edition of the Ghana Writer’s award in 2016. Nana Asaase is a member of the National Folklore Board and the CEO of Asaase Inscriptions, Ghana’s First Literary Coaching Agency.
His presence will certainly light up the event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network, a poetry network in Cape Coast with the aim of igniting the interest in poetry.

There will be other performing artistes at the event including: Soul musician Nene Narh, poets:Enaa de poet Cobbold, Kweku Dallah, Jay Dee, Emstabos, Fritz D Poet, Folivi, Scortia, Rick d biggerMan, Xarxas, D poet, Alexandra Koka, Jason Appiatu, Christmal and Kweku Anamon Taylor.


Nene Narh (Soul Musician)

The rate for the event is GHc5.00 and interested persons can contact 0540260305/ 0554162825 to purchase an advance ticket.
Brands interested in sponsoring the event can as well contact the aforementioned numbers.

Source: Benemma Poetry Network

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Vice President – Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Commisions Glofert Limited Under 1D1F

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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned Glofert Limited, a wholly owned Ghanaian which is the largest fertilizer blending factory in Ghana at Asuboi in the Eastern region company under the One-district One-factory programme.

Glofert Limited has an ultra modern fertilizer blending plant with the capacity to produce 2,400 metric tonnes of fertilizer per day to improve crop production and ensure food security in Ghana.

“With Glofert, Ghana can now produce all the blended fertiliser it needs domestically so I urged the Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Cocobod and other stakeholders to henceforth purchase fertiliser from domestic sources in order to support local businesses and save the nation valuable foreign exchange”, he said.

The 1D1F is an initiative very close to the heart of this government (New Patriotic Party ) and will work with the private sector as partners in order to transform the Ghanaian economy through Agriculture and to revamp the industrial sector to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

“The Government of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will deliver on its promise to create a viable, self-sustaining economy. One of the means by which this can be achieved is through modern industrialization and to reduce our dependency on the outside world through imports to produce our own food”, he concluded.

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Peaceful Country, Ghana – 3rd In Africa, 44th In The World

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Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the sub-region of West Africa. Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language.


In the latest Global Peace Index, Ghana came third after Botswana and Malawi respectively as the most peaceful country in Africa

Ghana placed 44th in the world with Iceland leading the overall chart as the most ‘peaceful’ nation on Earth in the 2019 Global Peace Index.

In addition, the world’s overall ‘peacefulness’ has improved for the first time in five years – although only marginally.

Afghanistan was bottom of the list, moving below even Syria, while South Sudan, Yemen and Iraq were all in the bottom five.

The report measures the ‘peacefulness’ of 163 countries with a range of measures including military spending and deaths from conflict and terrorism, as well as an estimated economic cost of violence.

Iceland, often portrayed as an idyllic Nordic paradise, came first in the rankings for the 12th year in a row as researchers praised the country’s falling murder rate and increase in funding to UN peacekeeping.

Iceland – World’s most peaceful country

‘The strong institutions, attitudes and structures of peace that Iceland maintains has bolstered the country’s resilience against small internal shocks,’ they said.

New Zealand came second, as the report’s authors noted the violence of the Christchurch mosque attack but said the country had improved other scores and developed a ‘resilience’ to cope with such disasters.

Portugal was third, and Austria fourth despite an increase in ‘likelihood of violent demonstrations’ after a far-right party joined the government.

Denmark was fifth, with European nations dominating the top of the list.

‘Europe remains the most peaceful region in the world and it recorded a very slight improvement in peacefulness after several years of deterioration,’ the report said.

‘However, despite these improvements, the broader political environment in Europe remains uncertain, and resurgent nationalism and terrorism remain significant threats to peace.’

Brexit was also mentioned, as researchers said the UK ‘continues to struggle with its plan for exiting the European Union’ in what they called a ‘mixed’ year for international relations.

Japan scored highly among leading world powers, coming in as the world’s 9th-most peaceful country.

Germany was 22nd, the United Kingdom 45th and France 60th, while the United States dropped four places to 128th.

The report’s authors cited ‘growing political polarisation’ in America, adding that tensions had grown between Washington and Iran.

‘Confidence in US leadership has fallen the most in the past five years, with people now having more confidence in China than the US on average,’ they noted.

Australia’s score also fell slightly, as researchers said the country had increased its military expenditure and weapons imports.

Russia scored badly, coming 10th from bottom, below North Korea.

Afghanistan was bottom, scoring even worse than Syria, where ISIS was swept out of its last patch of territory earlier this year.

‘Despite the improvement this year, the world remains considerably less peaceful now than a decade ago,’ the report’s authors said.

‘A wide range of factors drove the fall in peacefulness over the past decade including increased terrorist activity, the intensification of conflicts in the Middle East, rising regional tensions in Eastern Europe and northeast Asia, increasing numbers of refugees, and heightened political tensions in Europe and the U.S.,’ they explained.


Ghana at night

The slight uptick in peacefulness this year was partly fuelled by a reduction in military spending, the report found.

Seventy-two of the countries studied had reduced their level of military expenditure as a share of GDP.

There were also particular regional improvements, including in North Macedonia which struck an agreement with Greece to settle the long-running name dispute between the countries.

The Ghana Flag (Stylish)

There was also an easing of the conflict in Ukraine, where fewer lives were lost.

Not all countries were included in the rankings, with small European nations such as Luxembourg and Liechtenstein among those left out.

The full list of countries in the 2019 Global Peace Index

1. Iceland

2. New Zealand

3. Portugal

4. Austria

5. Denmark

6. Canada

7. Singapore

8. Slovenia

9. Japan

10. Czech Republic

11. Switzerland

12. Ireland

13. Australia

14. Finland

15. Bhutan

16. Malaysia

17. Netherlands

18. Belgium

18. Sweden

20. Norway

21. Hungary

22. Germany

23. Slovakia

24. Mauritius

25. Romania

26. Bulgaria

27. Chile

28. Croatia

29. Poland

30. Botswana

31. Qatar

32. Spain

33. Costa Rica

34. Uruguay

35. Latvia

36. Taiwan

37. Estonia

38. Lithuania

39. Italy

40. Malawi

41. Indonesia

42. Mongolia

43. Kuwait

44. Ghana

45. United Kingdom

45. Laos

47. Panama

48. Timor-Leste

48. Zambia

50. Serbia

51. Albania

52. Sierra Leone

53. United Arab Emirates

54. Tanzania

55. South Korea

55. Madagascar

57. Vietnam

58. Senegal

59. Liberia

60. France

60. Namibia

62. The Gambia

63. Cyprus

64. Kazakhstan

65. Greece

65. North Macedonia

67. Montenegro

68. Moldova

69. Oman

70. Equatorial Guinea

71. Ecuador

72. Benin

72. Sri Lanka

72. Eswatini

75. Argentina

76. Nepal

77. Angola

77. Jordan

79. Rwanda

80. Peru

81. Bosnia and Herzegovina

82. Tunisia

83. Jamaica

84. Dominican Republic

85. Bolivia

86. Kosovo

87. Haiti

88. Paraguay

89. Cambodia

90. Morocco

91. Cuba

92. Guyana

93. Trinidad and Tobago

94. Mozambique

95. Kyrgyz Republic

96. Gabon

97. Belarus

98. Papua New Guinea

99. Georgia

100. Guinea

101. Bangladesh

102. Uzbekistan

103. Lesotho

104. Burkina Faso

105. Tajikistan

105. Uganda

107. Cote d’ Ivoire

108. Togo

109. Djibouti

110. China

111. Algeria

112. Guinea-Bissau

113. El Salvador

114. Guatemala

115. Turkmenistan

116. Brazil

117. Thailand

118. Armenia

119. Kenya

120. Nicaragua

121. Republic of the Congo

122. Mauritania

123. Honduras

124. Bahrain

125. Myanmar

126. Niger

127. South Africa

128. United States of America

129. Saudi Arabia

130. Azerbaijan

131. Ethiopia

132. Zimbabwe

133. Eritrea

134. Philippines

135. Burundi

136. Egypt

137. Chad

138. Cameroon

139. Iran

140. Mexico

141. India

142. Palestine

143. Colombia

144. Venezuela

145. Mali

146. Israel

147. Lebanon

148. Nigeria

149. North Korea

150. Ukraine

151. Sudan

152. Turkey

153. Pakistan

154. Russia

155. Democratic Republic of the Congo

156. Libya

157. Central African Republic

158. Somalia

159. Iraq

160. Yemen

161. South Sudan

162. Syria

163. Afghanistan

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