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12.03.2009 Regional News

GHABA receives support from Assembly

By Isaac Akweetey, - Ghanaian Chronicle

In its bid to promote and enhance small scale businesses, the Birim Central Municipal Assembly (BCMA) has assured members of the Ghana Hair Dressers and Beauticians Association (GHABA), of its readiness to furnish them with loan facilities to expand their businesses.

This was disclosed to the group, by the Deputy Co-ordinating Director of the Assembly, Mr. Samuel Badu-Baiden, here in Akim-Oda last Tuesday.

The move by the Assembly was in response to certain concerns raised by the association, on issues of inadequate financial support from the Assembly and other stakeholders, which, according to them (group), had hampered their activities.

According to Mr. Badu-Baiden, the Assembly would organise a capacity-building seminar for members, particularly those who had applied for the facility, in order to benefit from the Social Investment Fund (SIF).

Speaking to the Eastern File, the President of the Akim-Oda branch of the association, Madam Comfort Frempong, said the expansion and acquisition of modern equipment, with the corresponding high spread of HIV/AIDS, has been their main headache.

According to her, the facility, if given, would afford the group to acquire equipment such as sterilizers and driers, among other modern ones, which would ensure the safety of their clients.

An official of the SIF further affirmed their collaboration with the assembly and other institutions to support small scale business in the country.

That notwithstanding, she stated that the loan would be given to groups, or individuals who satisfy the needed requirement of her outfit.