Microentrepreneur Stella Sabang (Ghana)


african microentrepreneur holding money with a baby on her back

Microentrepreneur Stella Sabang
Ghana. 2003. Digital.

Ghanaian microentrepreneur Stella Sabang has just received her $340 loan, which
she will use to purchase dried maize. She uses her profits as a retailer
and wholesaler to support her family, including the baby on her back.

Women are the primary recipients of microloans around the world for three main reasons: they use loans to open and grow businesses, they use their profits to support their families, and they save their money for emergencies and future needs. Extremely poor women like Stella Sabang are taking a risk when they take out a microfinance loan, but in that risk they have a viable opportunity to work and break free from poverty. Many succeed, creating sustainable businesses, repaying their loans and supporting their families. They also experience what we all desire, regardless of our circumstances: a life of dignity and hope.

About the ArtistDana Whitaker is a photojournalist, speaker and personal/professional coach. In 2002 she learned about the power of microfinance to transform lives and was compelled to get involved. Dana spent more than three years traveling to 13 countries on five continents interviewing and photographing microentrepreneurs, and wrote a book based on the experience entitled Transforming Lives $40 at a Time, Women + Microfinance: Upending the Status Quo. To learn more about Dana, visit www.openingeyes.net.


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Comments (4)

a wonderful message and a very needed one! women use loans and money to make fruitful businesses, take care of their children and help others - imagine what would happen if all the poor women in the world were given a small loan!

United States

Congratulations to Dana Whitaker, who won the Picturing Power & Potential Community Choice Award on July 29!

Barbara De Janvry
United States

Women are finally getting financing and recognition for their ability to run small businesses thanks to people like you, Dana, who highlight their talents and business acumen. Barbara de Janvry

United States

I so appreciate the positive images of women you are putting forward. Women do what it takes to help their families -like the tiny feet poking out in this picture. All they need is a little support to get started!

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