Ghana

The only west African country Wendy and Rick visited was Ghana. It is the only Anglo-phone (English-speaking) country in this region, surrounded by Franco-phone or French-speaking countries. They spent one day touring outside of Accra, the capital. Then Wendy spent a couple of days driving around the city and meeting several TechnoServe clients who definitely qualify as Success Stories.

Ghana: Currently the Most Successful West African Country

Ghana

Ghana is the only West African country Rick and Wendy have visited to date. It is also where TechnoServe was founded abroad in 1968 and is its longest running office. Starting in Ghana, Rick and a few colleagues taught TechnoServe staff in several country offices about a new project management methodology.  Over time, this would […]

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Ghana Successes: Young IT Entrepreneur Helps Other Companies Grow

Ghana

Seth Adu Gyampoh graduated from University of Cape Coast in 2004 with a commerce degree and certificate in Java programming and business computing.  After working for a local audit firm, he left to start a media business with a fellow graduate.  The two young men created ads, multi-media events, and other promotions for about ten […]

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Ghana Successes: TechnoServe Helps Small Cocoa Farmers “Cash In”

Ghana

Long a mainstay of Ghana’s economy, cocoa generates much-needed foreign exchange for the country, as well as income for millions of poor farmers such as Yaw Dankwa and Susana Nsiah.  But most of these farmers haven’t viewed their farms as businesses. As a result, they haven’t been using optimal agronomic practices or investing in their […]

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Ghana Successes: Backyard Neem Tree Inspires New Pharmaceuticals

Ghana

Since graduating from university in 1984, Isaac Bohulu had been a pharmacist in Accra, Ghana including six years spent at Hoffmann-La Roche, the Swiss-based international pharmaceutical company.  But he always was an entrepreneur at heart, especially after gaining his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a marketing focus. Believe Begin Become Business Plan Competition […]

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Ghana Successes: Speedwash Laundromat at University “Cleans Up”

Ghana

After he graduated from university, Daniel Oduro worked for Nestle in Ghana in the sales force and then as a training manager for a total of 6 years.  He then moved to Merchant Bank of Ghana as a product manager.  He had an idea for a self-service laundromat for students on a university campus, so […]

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Ghana Successes: Community Business, Learning, IT & Library Center

Ghana

Ethel Emma Asomani was a $10,000 winner in the 2007 business plan competition.  She wanted to upgrade her already-establisheda multi-faceted business and IT-oriented community center which included: library and online reference resources; clinics and weekly classes for entrepreneurs, especially women and youth; career counseling; training on MS Office applications; and printing and office services.  The […]

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Ghana Successes: Business of Breeding Pigs & Other “Grasscutters”

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In the farming community of Agomeda near Somanya, Ghana, three local friends started a breeding farm for “grasscutter” aka herbivore animals. By qualifying to participate in the Believe Begin Become competition, Paul said, “With BBB training we gained some specific areas of business knowledge that we hadn’t had prior.  Writing a business plan forced us […]

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Ghana Successes: Business of Fruit to Improve Office Workers’ Health

Ghana

An alumna of the Believe, Begin, Become Business Plan Competition, Sheila Ocansey graduated from Cape Coast University two hours northwest of Accra, Ghana with a business degree and has been working in corporate HR for several years.  But she always had the idea of delivering fresh fruit, juices and smoothies to offices.  She believed that […]

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