New Ebu – Global Brigades

New Ebu

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

New Ebu is located in the Central Region of  Ghana.  People in New Ebu are primarily dedicated to farming, animal raising, and cacao growing. The community has a CHPS clinic directly in community. The community also has access to a private pharmacy.  Currently, the community uses boreholes, standpipes, and wells to access water. Only about 20 percent of the community have access to safe and clean drinking water.  Community members have access to school from kindergarten through high-school.  The community expressed that their top needs are a larger supply of water, clinic expansion and improvement, and better roads.

District: Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese

Region: Central

Homes : 960
Population : 4213
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Clinic : Yes
Midwife at clinic : No
Education : Up To High School
Homes with toilet facility : 20%
Distance from lodging facility : About 1 hour

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in New Ebu but has not yet begun with the Medical Brigades program.  Now in the planning phase, implementation of Medical Brigades will start as soon as feasible.

 

Health Clinic : CHPS Compound
Midwife at clinic : No
Most common illnesses for adults : malaria, cough, skin infection
Most common illnesses for children : malaria, cough, skin infection

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in New Ebu but has not yet begun with the Water Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a water solution will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
System Type : Boreholes, standpipes
Homes connected to water : fewer than 1%
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

NEW EBU’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Rural communities in Ghana face a number of structural obstacles when it comes to economic growth. Access to credit is limited by physical barriers in transportation and exclusion from formal financial institutions. If community members aren’t able to access these institutions, their only option is to solicit credit from loan sharks, who charge exorbitant interest rates. Additionally, maintaining savings is not a common practice in rural communities in Ghana.

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Volunteers

N/A

Savings Accounts Opened

N/A

Loans Disbursed

N/A

Capital Invested

NEW EBU’S MICRO-FINANCE SOLUTION

GB Ghana Business Program Manager, Shiella, consults with an MHope Group in Ekumpoano

The GB Business Program works with Microfin Rural Bank to stimulate the local economy by organizing community volunteers around a community bank which is entirely owned and operated by its members. Focusing on providing access to credit and savings for their fellow community members, its volunteers are tasked with socializing the community bank and managing the funds. Microfin and the GB Business Program provides training and support to help strengthen these community banks and stimulate the flow of capital within the community. These financial services are especially beneficial for subsistence farmers and entrepreneurs, who can invest more heavily in their production with a loan, pay back the loan after sales, and generate an income with any excess.

New Ebu has not yet established a Microfin “MHope group,” but will begin as soon as feasible. The shareholders of the MHope group will weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

NEW EBU’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

Shiella learning from Dwen Wo Daakye Kente Weavers

In addition to working with the community banks, the Business Program provides support and technical skills in establishing anchor businesses that generate additional capital. The goal is to better integrate isolated communities into the local economy and allow for growth. During this process, interested community members receive training to increase their familiarity with business terminology, develop their business administration skills, and promote innovation and diversification in the types of business ventures they pursue.

Business volunteers in New Ebu will consult with Dwen Wo Daakye Kente Weavers.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN NEW EBU:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Bocconi University Business Brigade April 2019 4

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in New Ebu but has not yet begun with the Public Health Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a public health solution will start as soon as feasible.

Homes with toilet facility : ~20%
Common house materials : wood, mud bricks

Local Reference Points

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