TOGO is West Africa country very close to GHANA and BENIN. The main economic activity in Togo is agriculture. However, it ranks as one of the highest impoverished countries in the world. The rate of women’s economic activities represents 53.5 % and proves that women are very active in this country with main activities being trade and micro business.
The Micro Finance program began in Togo January 2009 that was inspired from a partnership between MEDIC International and Mercy Ships. This program was to help Mercy ship patients, particularly VVF women, who were in need of financial and technical assistance to make easier their reinsertion into their communities. We had educational and training workshops in 11 villages where we helped create sustainability for 497 women.
There are great opportunities in this microfinance market. For this reason, MEDIC Togo has been able to progress very quickly with its program. Today we are serving a total of 2649 clients with 131 Trust Banks in 20 villages.
The goal for the future is to start a health program particular a mobile clinic and be involved in MEDIC child sponsor program.