Posted by WAM NY Marketing Commitee
We were delighted and honored to be part of Ziblim Fatima’s leadership aspirations. She is one of our 2014 WAM NY Scholarship winners and is a continuing student at the University of Cape Coast and the CEO of Suglo Rural Microfinance. She started her business in June 2013, and so far it has grown rapidly, helping her create employment for women in her community. Employment has created the means for women to provide adequate care and support to adolescent girls in schools to prevent them from falling prey to “Kayaaye” (teenage pregnancy, school drop-out and early marriages). Through her leadership, Ziblim is contributing significantly to lift her community, especially the women, out of chronic poverty.
In addition to a $1500 SMDP Ghana tuition scholarship awarded to her by WAM NY, Ziblim has received ongoing support from CAMFED Ghana. The Executive Director of their Ghana partner, Yaw Gyamfi, was so impressed with Fatima that he even bought her a new laptop. This is what Yaw had to say about why he decided to support Fatima:
“My motivation is that I admire the bold initiative she has taken in serving women even at her tender age and with her limited resources. This couples with the fact that her coverage area is also deprived and her target clients are all women. I was also touched by her eagerness and commitment to learn about microfinance. I am also interested in the type of data that she would be capturing as part of her work. The reason for my generosity is not out of place, as every year I donate my one-month salary to the needy and I have not gotten the chance to do that in the north, so for me it is timely. I told her to stay focused and make sure she can account for any inflow into her business by keeping records of all transactions. I also want to contribute to her model so that her business succeeds. The laptop would be a tool to accelerate and support that process.”
WAM NY is very proud of Ziblim, and we wish her the best of luck with Suglo Rural Microfinance. We are sure that such a driven young woman will continue to impact her community and change women's lives.
WAM NY Marketing Committee.