It occurred to me that I had mentioned my time at Hopeline and the SME (small and medium enterprise) study in recent blog writings but haven’t explained the details. Besides taking classes here in Ghana, our program also connects us, in pairs, with different organizations. We are to work with and serve this organization in hopes to learn about the organization and about Ghana by participating in daily activities. My placement is at Hopeline Institute. This organization provides business loans and training to entrepreneurs for the purpose of public sector development and empowerment. My assignment at Hopeline is in part for Hopeline and in part for Hopeline’s US partner organization, Partners Worldwide, as they lay the foundation for an organizational evaluation.
As part of our service placement and internship Nick and I had the opportunity to attend and observe a school dedication. The school was funded in part through the excess profits from two mattress shops. The owner of these shops and the program director of the school is part of the Hopeline network and we were scheduled to interview here for our ongoing study on SMEs in Ghana.