Expand business of sewing Kente-cloth (traditional-cloth) dresses

Winifred Boamah

Danfa-accra, Ghana

Funds disbursed

$0 to go

100% funded of $540 goal

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days left

Entrepreneur

Name

Winifred Boamah

Member since

April 2014

On-time repayments

52 installments  •  62%

About Me

I am Winifred Boamah, a Ghanaian and a graduate in Swahili and Political Science. I am from a family of eight and the oldest of my siblings. Am currently doing my national service at University of Ghana, Legon-Accra. I love to learn other languages because I believe language breaks all forms of barriers and the limited number of languages one has acquired determines his or her limitation in the world.

I am a young lady who is aspiring to become an entrepreneur in order to contribute to the socio-economic development of my community and encourage and support new start-ups in my Region and Ghana has whole.

My Business

My small-scale business is basically about the buying and selling of Kente Clothes. Kente cloth - has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente has become more widespread due to the prestige attached to it hence increasing the demand for the cloth. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans as well as Africans in the diaspora.
As a business strategy,I sell out my Kente Clothes to individuals, students, and government workers at a relatively lower prices and this has attracted a high demand for my goods.
Despite the high demand for my Kente goods, I am financially challenged and would like to use this platform for a loan to expand my Kente business.

Loan Proposal

"KENTE" is a brilliantly colourful fabric, entirely hand-woven by Ghanaian weavers. The brilliant colours and intricate designs associated with Kente have definitely made this fabric the best known of all Ghanaian, and perhaps even all West African textiles. Every design has a story with a proverbial meaning, giving each cloth its own distinction.

Kente cloth is usually worn for ceremonies, festivals, and other sacred occasions. It is also given as a gift for weddings, child naming ceremonies, graduations, and other special events.

Women wear the cloth in 2 pieces - 1 piece about 2 yards long and 45 inches wide wrapped round the waist to form a floor-length skirt worn over a blouse specially sewn in plain material. The other Kente piece was either hung loosely over the arm or used as a shawl or stole.

Men wear the cloth in much the same way as the 'Toga' was worn by the ancient Greeks, and it would seem that these ancient people must have been in contact centuries ago.

My business is predominately the sale of kente clothes to government workers at a competitive rate and this has greatly affected my customer base over the few months. I started with the sewing of kente into dresses at for all ages and this has been positive and I would need a loan of $600 to expand this new business Venture.
I am apealling to all Lenders to help me make this happen and promise to repay the loan from my earnings. Thank You.

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$504.75

Date disbursed

Apr 22, 2015

Repayment status

Late

Projected term

3 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $12.79

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Tmann

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Thomas

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xander

Plainfield, Vermont, United States

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Christian

Saarbruecken, Germany

Daniel

Hamburg, Germany

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CThelper

Guilford, United States

AH

Aleksi H

Helsinki, Finland

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nsamberger

London, United Kingdom

Elinor

Maple Lake, MN, United States

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MiguelGago

Guimarães, Portugal

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Emilie

Toronto, Canada

cyrus0302

San Francisco, United States

NhinSD

San Diego, United States

COOPITALIST

Toronto, Canada

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stroll

Stockholm, Sweden

LadyofHats

Hamburg, Germany

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ElmTree

Wadsworth, United States

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soren

Göteborg, Sweden

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staktrace

Toronto, Canada

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tloureiro

Pfungstadt, Germany

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Roman

Barcelona, Spain

Zidisha

Sterling, United States

AnnaChristina

Pittsburgh, United States

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hwwijono

Jakarta, Indonesia

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setoc

Bragg Creek, Canada

Apmay

Melbourne, Australia

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blahblah

Nuernberg, Germany

beverly

Vancouver, Canada

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jjonas

berlin, Germany

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OneSummer

Muenster/Westphalia, Germany

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FilemonInvest

Odense, Denmark

rasmus

Bern, Switzerland

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JandC

Watsonville, United States

chrsve46

Stockholm, Sweden

Myrar

Aarau, Switzerland

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Aleks

Oslo, Norway

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Aman

Johannesburg, South Africa

Cloudways

Malta, Malta

Andreas1974

Fristad, Sweden

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jzidi

Los Angeles, United States

AdvancingCompassion

San Diego, United States

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artom

Karkola, Finland

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Mark

Melbourne, Australia

ads68

Melbourne, Australia

dhulsterwim

LIER, Belgium

swendl

Iowa, United States

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PetrusR

balmoral, Australia

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eboleaga

Mexico City, Mexico

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spesalvi

Houston, United States

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New Jersey, United States

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erogers

Vancouver, Canada

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Honolulu, United States

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Rearden

STAVANGER, Norway

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London, United Kingdom

hugomesser

Blokker, Netherlands

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TurgayAlihos

SOUTHBANK, Australia

Argyris

Los Angeles, United States

MichaelOsburg

Hochheim, Germany

BF

Bob Fitzjohn

Fontvielle, Monaco, Yemen

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Marod

Edmonton, Canada

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Andrii

Kiev, Ukraine

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dhumble

De Pere, United States

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Fish42

Fairfax Station, United States

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greendave

Manchester, United Kingdom

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bonndan

Bonn, Germany

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HobbyCollector

Beach City, United States

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Moscow, United States

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phoebius

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Dutch_lender

Leiderdorp, Netherlands

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TodaRaba

Tacoma, United States

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zangalan

Maryland, United States

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Bernsjx

Montreal, Canada

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jumpfunky

Dortmund, Germany

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vickylizette

San Francisco, United States

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pvranas

Boulder, United States

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Michiel

Zoetermeer, Netherlands

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Berkeley, United States

zZola

Gilford, United States

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mark3339

San Diego, United States

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jonastang

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Clben7

Cincinnati, United States

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scottpz

branford, United States

Shemuel

New Jersey, United States

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axienjii

Amsterdam, United Kingdom

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BlackMoss

United States

Aaron85

Knoxville, United States

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Jonas

Linköping, Sweden

Justin

Connecticut, United States

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JeffH

United States

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theironbank

United States

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valiy

Switzerland

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nlane

Vietnam

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dewaldlouw

South Africa

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duncanb

United Kingdom

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gerard

Netherlands

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Heroofcanton

United States

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plhughes

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merk85

United States

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retzroff

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tiojoca

Portugal

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sanfransec

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Kber9156

North Parramatta, Australia

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bigMo

United States

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condo86

United States

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zegroeg

United Kingdom

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DaddyBubba

Grandview, United States

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mjgoldsmith

United States

mepster

San Francisco, Ca, United States

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raulf

Germany

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AaltvM

Netherlands

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astout

United States

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blambert

United States

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Staffan

Mölndal, Sweden

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ghimeu

Malaysia

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Microfinance

United States

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sarahb

United States

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jacquelyn264

United States

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Erika

Buffalo, United States

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kennychit

United States

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cocolo

United States

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Tadeas

Czech Republic

adrianz

United States

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dmorley

United States

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Paul

United States

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Gordbarb

United Kingdom

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MSpainhoward

United States

lottospots

Reading, United Kingdom

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BlackBear

United States

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ross22

United States

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Kelly729

United States

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Aaron

United States

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Ulf D

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Peter R

Fulda, Germany

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Didaz

Germany

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Marcus86257

United States

Veeti

Helsinki, Finland

Lauren

United Kingdom

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mmartin

United States

LB

Lily Bentley

United Kingdom

AA

Adam Atlas

Montreal, QC, Canada, Canada

Elias

Ulm, Germany

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Morange

Republic of Korea

WH

Walter Hill

United States

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Tarik

Ludwigshafen, Germany

KO

Kevin OBrien

Denver, CO USA, United States

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dabatate

Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany

Thomas

Mueller, Germany

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JW Tabacchi

United States

Kevin

San Francisco, United States

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Marc

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

KD

Kent Don

United States

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N Holt

United States

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Peter

United States

JD

Jeff DePree

United States

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Selloman

Hamburg, Germany

Sandra

Böblingen, Germany

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Maggie

Australia

JG

Jake Gibson and Beverly Picardo

San Francisco, United States

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