Mariama (above) makes soumbala (a local spice) and mats to sell in the market in Balayara. The borrower below sews sheets and makes incense
TCP Global supports these entrepreneurs through a partnership with Potentiel Terre, a Niger grassroots organization that issued its first loans in February 2020.
TCP Global reaches marginalized entrepreneurs in remote villages by connections made through the network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), and supported by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), our fiscal sponsor.
Potentiel Terre Provides ongoing trainings including cash management and the accounting required for TCP Global loans
Orphans and girls who dropped out of school learn to sew children's clothes.
Training in making liquid soap.
Potentiel Terre Involves Youth
This project protects the environment and promotes healthier communities while creating jobs for youth.
In 2021 they introduced the collection of household waste.
In 2022, investments will be made for the recycling of plastic bags and eventually turning household waste into compost to fertilize agricultural lands.
Saadia, a single mother, uses profits from her table-top restaurant to support her family. Until she can open a proper restaurant, she improves her business with small loans from TCP Global through Potentiel Terre. She is president of the HADINKAY savings group.
Results are better when working together
After a difficult winter in 2021, Potentiel Terre seeks to empower rural women to increase food production to make their communities more resilient.
The 10 tons of cereals stored in this warehouse is collateral for bank loans to benefit the agricultural cooperative.
Mariama is a widow caring for her children and grandchildren. Thanks to improvements in her business after receiving a loan, she now earns enough to feed her children regularly.
Women are processing corn to make flour. Every two weeks during the rainy season, the group sells flour from a 100kg bag.
Maimouna sells condiments, cassava flour, cowpea, etc. Thanks to a $135 loan from TCP Global through Potentiel Terre, she can now buy wholesale at a reduced price, thus increasing her profit.
Balkissa used a $90 loan to buy a 25-liter can of oil and a bag of wheat flour. In the morning, she sells donuts to workers going to the fields. In the evening she sells to young people in the village.
"The developing world is full of entrepreneurs and visionaries who, with access to education, equity and credit would play a key role in developing the economic situation in their countries." Muhammad Yunus
TCP Global is grateful for recent donations from the groups below to help pay for fiscal sponsor services provided by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). These donations support NPCA project administration and NPCA's overall mission. 100% of regular donations are distributed as micro loans. We would love to add your group's logo here as well.
Until Peace Corps is fully back in the field, TCP Global is a good substitute for Peace Corps Partnership Projects for supporting development in small and remote communities.
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