Planting teakwood trees

Richard Sampong

Berekum, Ghana

100% repaid



Richard Sampong

Member since

December 2014

On-time repayments

186 installments  •  70%

About Me

My name is Richard Sampong, I live in Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, I reside in Forestry Bungalow with house Number AM/562 A at Berekum, I am first born of Christian families of my parents. I started my Secondary School at Abetifi Technical Institute in the Eastern Region of Ghana. And further at School of Forestry in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. My hobbies are; Music, Football and Reading.

My Business

After completing the school of Forestry, I am now a Forester in Berekum Municipality in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. I have been able to cultivate about five (5) Hectares of Teak Plantation at Berekum. The teak stands are about eleven (11) years old, and it’s ready for thinning. Now the demand for teak is high for export. The price of teak per cubic metre is also high and now it has become a lucrative business. As we all known teak has got various benefits. These include (1) global warming (2) check erosion (3) Oxygen and carbon dioxide (4) wood by product e.g. furniture, panels, T’n’G, and etc.

Loan Proposal

Because of the various benefit of in the teak product, I would like to expand the teak plantation, but my capital is woefully in adequate for the expansion. So I want Zidisha to come to my aid so as to expand the teak business. I can pay this loan with my monthly salary, or even the income of the sale of the teak. And I will not hesitate to pay any loan Zidisha will disburse to me irrespective of any amount. Thank you.






Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount


Date disbursed

Aug 14, 2015

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

4 months



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  • Emma    Jul 15, 2018

    You've come so far Richard... Don't give up, you can do it :-)

    You can contact Zidisha & ask them to lower your payments to make things a little easier...

    You can do it... You're nearly there :-)

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  • Emma    Jan 7, 2018

    Hi Richard,

    We still believe in you :-) You can do it... It doesn't matter if you're a little bit late. Just give everyone an update sometime soon so we know you're not a ghost :-) You'll be ok, you can do it... You're over halfway, & you're only a couple of months late :-)

    All the best, Emma from Australia.

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  • Richard Sampong    Apr 13, 2016

    Dear Lenders, please I have made a reschedule and I promise to come back soon.

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  • Stephen Yeboah    Apr 11, 2016

    Dear Lenders, please, I phoned to Richard's, and he told me that, his payment will be done today. And the reason why he delayed his payment is that, he was experiencing some problems with his land. Thank you.

    Stephen Yeboah
    Volunteer Mentor

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  • Richard Sampong    Jan 4, 2016

    Dear Lenders, many thanks to you all, please, I have paid all my loan and I have raised a new one and hope you will definitely come more and lend to me again. The previous loan really helped me a lot. Thank you.

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  • Awudu Yahaya    Nov 8, 2015

    Dear Blessed Lenders,

    My highly greetings to you ALL. I just found that, Mr. Richard has a "Past Due" behind his name. So I quickly phoned to him and asked what's making him impossible to pay his loan. He replied that, he traveled to Northern Region of Ghana and he didn't went with his SIM, and that made him delayed his repayment. But please, he assured me to resume his repayment very soon and accordingly. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks for your patient.


    Awudu Yahaya
    Volunteer Mentor

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  • Awudu Yahaya    Oct 23, 2015

    Dear Richard,

    I'm really glad that you're experiencing good benefits through your Zidisha
    loan. Your trustworthiness also is making me feel so proud, as always!

    Please, as Zidisha repayments are very important, I want to share with
    you the new process for making payments. MTN MobileMoney has
    upgraded its services, and due to that, it has changed a few things,
    including 'Transfer Money'. For security reasons, I would not be able to
    insert a Zidisha Account number for the process. Below is the new
    process for Zidisha repayment:

    1). Dial *170#
    2). Select No. '1' - which is 'Transfer Money' and press the 'Send' button.
    3). Select No. '1' again - Which is 'Mobile User' and press the 'Send' button.
    4). Select No. '2' - which is 'Merchant' and press the 'Send' button.
    5). Enter Mobile Number - which, as usual, is the Zidisha Account Number.
    6). Repeat Mobile Number
    7). Enter Amount
    8). Enter Reference (e.g., your first name, or any number you want)
    9). It will show you, "Confirm payment to ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN
    ENTERPRENEURS - (054*******) for GHS *** with Reference ***. Enter MM PIN",
    and send.

    Previously, 'Till Number' was needed, but that has been removed after
    the upgrade. Also, it shows you the registered name of the SIM.

    Thank you.

    Awudu Yahaya
    Volunteer Mentor

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  • Richard Sampong    Aug 18, 2015

    Dear Lenders, I'm very grateful for your great support, I have received your loan for the past 5 days ago, but it's now my data really functioning, that's why I couldn't inform you the day the money received. Thank you and May God bless you.

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  • Richard Sampong    Aug 13, 2015

    I really thank you dear Lenders and I'm very grateful for helping me and the business. God bless you.

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  • Kennedy Kemboi    Aug 10, 2015

    Hello Rochard.
    All the best in your proposal

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  • Richard Sampong    Aug 6, 2015

    I'm very grateful for funding to me dear Lenders. The farm is doing well. May richly God bless you all.

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  • Richard Sampong    Jun 28, 2015

    Dear Lenders, my business is doing well by your support. Thank you.

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  • Awudu Yahaya    May 2, 2015

    Hello Richard,

    Thank you for being a borrower on the first peer-to-peer micro-lending platform, building direct connections between borrowers and lenders across the globe (Zidisha).

    I am very grateful to have the pleasure of being a part of this organization (Zidisha).

    I hope you and your families are enjoying the loan you received from this noble service (Zidisha). It is my belief that your business probably is growing well. You didn’t go for a bank loan, which could have required paying back more in interest than the capital amount. Instead, you chose to receive an affordable loan from Zidisha to help your business grow. And, today, just look at how your business probably is running better than you expected. This is so amazing!

    This platform also is here to help you to expand your business, and to help you not worry much about business collapse. Our dear Lenders extend their generosity and express their desire not just for your business to succeed, but also for you to enjoy your life. Some borrowers and lenders even become real friends on this platform. :)

    I would be very grateful if you would continue to make payments according to your repayment schedule. Lenders on Zidisha contribute to you from the bottom of their heart, and truly want to help you to overcome your challenges. Please, the fund that our Lenders use to lend to you is the same fund that they use to lend other borrowers. So, if you don't repay the loans they extend to you, then they cannot extend future loans to others. This is the way it works.

    One person has reaped a large harvest, but today we all are sharing in it. Who is that person? That person is our beloved founder (Julia Kurnia). May the Lord Almighty bless her (Julia) and give her more knowledge and a long life. May the Lord Almighty also bless all of our Lenders, always.

    Thank you for being a part of and enjoying this noble platform, Zidisha.

    Awudu Yahaya
    Volunteer Mentor

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  • KM    Apr 23, 2015

    Happy to see your next loan funded, and glad I could continue to support you in my small way.

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  • Richard Sampong    Apr 22, 2015

    Thanks for funded my loan dear Lenders. May God bless you all.

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  • Richard Sampong    Apr 13, 2015

    Dear Lenders, my loan is fully repaid. I still need you support to continue my teak business. I hope you fund it to me, and I promise to repay it earlier as this. Thank you.

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  • Richard Sampong    Feb 26, 2015

    I'm very grateful, many thanks to you all.

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  • Baba Abdulai    Feb 18, 2015

    Good lack brother Richard.

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  • Richard Sampong    Feb 17, 2015

    Dear Lenders, I am so grateful for the first loan. I am now able to cultivate more teak plantation to my extra land. And I am here again for another loan and I hope you will come and support me. Thank you.

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  • Richard Sampong    Dec 28, 2014

    Wow!!! well done, many thanks to you my dear Lender, this is wonderful and I am more appreciated for your once funded, many thanks to Zidisha Team and our dear Lenders.
    Thank you 'bigM5678' may God bless you.

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