“I visited Ghana for six months,” explains Camosun College student Marina Gathright, “and I saw a lot of women with small businesses who were struggling to get by…
“Struggling to have enough to really grow their business so that they could feed and support their families.”
And Gathright also saw how much one life, and then other lives within the same community, can change with just a small influx of cash.
“We did help [one woman] support a business to start a bakery in Ghana.
“We gave her a little bit of seed money, and she was able to start to build the bakery, to buy the oven and all of that…”
Gathright lights up as she retells what happened next.
“She actually ran an orphanage there, and so her, and all the kids, learned how to bake. We got them some baking lessons and they were able to really start the business, and now they’ve actually expanded it, and they’ve started to make a little store next to their home…”
Now back in Victoria, with the support of three good friends, Nadia Ghali, Jaclyn Richmond, and Madeline Warren, Gathright is fundraising for women in Ghana.
“The money will go directly to the women to build their enterprise, their businesses, small businesses,” explains Gathright.
“They’ll be interest-free loans. They will then pass on the money when they have enough profit to live sustainably, and then it will be passed on to other women in the community.”
Along with setting up an information table at Camosun College, where they are studying, the four young women have created a go-fund-me page.
“We’re aiming to raise about $2000 dollars right now. So far we’ve only actually raised $20 dollars for this particular project, but we’re hoping that with more awareness, and with more support we’re able to expand that.”
And awareness is spreading, as that fundraising total slowly rises.
“It’s important for us to realize that we are very priviledged here,” Gathright points out, “and that…we have a lot of luck here just to be born in Canada…
“There are a lot of people out there that don’t have the same luck…”
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