Opportunity Int’l Disburses GH¢27m To Farmers

Kwame Owusu-Boateng
Opportunity International (OISL), a savings and loans company, has disbursed over GH¢27 million to farmers as loan to boost the agricultural sector.

Over 42,000 clients, mainly farmers, benefitted from the loan.

Through OISL's financing, Ghanaian farmers have been trained on modern agricultural practices to improve crop production, food security, education and healthcare.

The disbursement of the money started in 2012 and ended in 2014.

According to Kwame Owusu-Boateng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Opportunity International Savings and Loans Limited, the agricultural sector is a major foreign exchange earner for the country.

'Farmers' accessibility to credit has been a major problem. As a savings and loans company established with the aim of supporting Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises of which farmers are prime, we are always working towards providing financing to help boost the businesses of our local farmers.

'Over the past three years, financing the businesses of our clients has been encouraging and we believe we will do even better in the coming years to help restore hope to our farmers and the agricultural sector,' he said.

Mr. Owusu-Boateng noted that OISL has had very fruitful partnerships with organizations, who are dedicated to improving the agricultural sector.

'We have worked with organizations who are dedicated to improving the agric sector.

These agencies are helping to shape the sector in terms of training, pricing and inputs and we are hopeful of having continuous successful partnerships with them to improve the lives of farmers and their work in Ghana.'

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Vivo Energy Adjudged Petroleum Company of The Year

Ebenezer Faulkner (middle) with staff displaying the award.

Vivo Energy Ghana, distributors and marketers of Shell branded products, has been adjudged the Petroleum Company of the year 2014 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Vivo Energy Ghana was awarded for its outstanding performance and increasing its market share from 11 percent to 14 percent.

The Petroleum Company of the Year Award was presented to the company by the Industry Coordinator of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC), Kweku Agyemang-Duah.

The Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana Limited, Ebenezer Faulkner, who received the award, in an interview, expressed his appreciation to CIMG for the award.

'There are over 80 Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in Ghana and we feel very proud to be selected as Petroleum Company of the Year. We want to thank our cherished customers for their loyalty and commitment to the Shell brand over the years and also commend our hardworking staff and retailers for their dedication and commitment to business excellence.'

Mr. Faulkner added that Vivo Energy Ghana has an ambitious plan for rapid expansion and that the company would continue to harness the reputation of the Shell brand to bring Shell's high-quality products to the wide audience and set new benchmarks for innovation, convenience, service and reliability in Ghana.

'Last year, Vivo Energy Ghana opened 24 new service stations across the country - more openings than in any of the other countries across Africa where we operate.

'This year, we have continued to develop, opening over 20 new stations so far, launching a new innovative product, Shell Fuel Save and bringing convenient retail offerings to our service stations to meet the demands of our customers,' said Faulkner.

Mr. Faulkner assured customers that Shell would continue to offer quality fuel at competitive prices with superior customer service at its service stations.

He dedicated the award to all customers, staff and stakeholders, who he said had made Vivo Energy proud.

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