Wednesday, July 14, 2010



A group of women at Bognaayili and Gupanarigu, both farming communities in the Tolon-Kumbungu District of the Northern Region of Ghana, have been assisted by Bibir-Ghana to aid them in their rice processing, groundnuts and sheabutter extraction.

Under its micro credit scheme programme, Bibir-Ghana, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working towards poverty alleviation in deprived communities in the Northern Region, provided GH¢2,000.00 to the Bognaayili Women Group who are mainly rice processors whiles the Gupanarigu Women group who are rice millers, groundnuts and sheabutter extractors were given a loan of GH¢4,500.00.

The twenty (20) women from Bognaayili were each given GH¢100.00 and were expected to pay back GH¢112.00 in six months time whereas Gupanarigu Women were also given GH¢4,500.00 with the same terms and conditions applied.

The Director of Bibir-Ghana, Joseph Charles Osei in a brief remarks, cautioned the women to judiciously invest the money that they had been given in order to make enough profit to enable them expand their businesses.

He said his NGO and other partners abroad has also been providing several social interventions to children in the community in the form of learning materials and school uniforms to enable them stay in school and learn.

The men too, have been receiving support in the form of tractor services whereby their farms are ploughed for them free of charge during the farming season and each of them given fertilizers to pay back after harvesting, he disclosed.

Mr. Osei urged parents in Bognaayili to enroll their children in school and ensure that they stay throughout till they complete successfully, adding “it is your responsibility to ensure that your wards attain higher education”.

In a similar development, Bibir-Ghana has presented a cheque of GH¢1,825.00 to the Tolon-Kumbungu District Directorate of Education towards the conduct of district wide assessment test for all basic school pupils in the area.

This followed an appeal made by the District Education Directorate to some organizations including Bibir-Ghana to assist it conduct the exams for basic school pupils.

Mr. Joseph Charles Osei, Director of Bibir-Ghana presented the cheque to the Tolon-Kumbungu District Director of Education, Mr. Joseph Kudjoe Kumah.

Mr. Kumah thanked the NGO for its support and appealed to other NGOs and philanthropists to help the Education Directorate setup an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre to train teachers in the district to gain some knowledge in ICT.

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