Program administrator, John Dada notes that "Mutual assistance and sharing of available resources is our most reliable strategy..." John is exploring opportunities to help expand TCP Global loans to nearby communities.
Asabe used her loan to buy an irrigation pump for her palm plantation. Some members of the farming cooperative are investing in seeds and labor. Another member has invested in goats and two cows for use in ploughing her farm.
"We are now in our rainy season with farm work in full swing. Every one of our members is also a subsistence farmer. Getting their farm work going is a priority for them because this is their best assurance for their household food security. The cooperative approved for the members to use part of their poultry loans towards their farms." .. Dada
“The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world. All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them!” Muhammad Yunus
Mary is seen here tending her young chickens. Thanks to improved agricultural productivity facilitated by the loans, Mary and others have increased profits on poultry activities. Now they produce rather than purchase food for the chickens.
Poultry droppings from the free range chickens provide manure for the farm, decreasing dependency on expensive chemical fertilizers.
RPCV Jocelyn Farrington, who manages a TCP Global program in her former Peace Corps site in Niger reports “I met John Dada and Kazanka Comfort in 2006. ... we worked to develop more flexible microfinance products that could help local producers. The reality is that we still struggle with how to make development work for the poor today, but I absolutely believe that community-based solutions like Fanstuam’s are the answer. So much thanks and gratitude to John and Kazanka for all they shared and all I learned from them.”
How you can support TCP Global:
1) Connect us with potential loan partners in marginalized communities
2) Volunteer to mentor a loan program in a country you know well