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Testimonials: Entrepreneurs

In 2011, Susan, Michael and Mohammed joined the Reach for Change Incubator in Ghana. These are their thoughts on what the program has meant to them and their organizations.

“I’d be a social worker, not a social entrepreneur”

Discharged juvenile offenders in Ghana have a difficult time reintegrating into society which increases the risk of reoffending. Susan Saaba runs Crrecent, offering a reintegration program targeting juveniles during and after their time in correctional centers: 

Without Reach for Change, I would still be doing social work. Instead I now run a sustainable social enterprise creating long-lasting change. By targeting not only the juveniles but also prison staff and policy makers, we impact the whole system of juvenile justice delivery. I could never have done this as a social worker.

 

"The stamp of approval was key"

School environments in Ghana can be hazardous: unsafe playgrounds, hanging electrical wires, open culverts and poor road safety. Michael Baabu runs Safe- Child, advocating safety and certifying safe schools:

If it weren’t for Reach for Change, we would not have gained that much influence as an expert in such a short while. Thanks to the stamp of approval, our recognition as a leading authority has soared and we are impacting many children, as more schools look up to us for their safe school membership.

 

“I could have been one of the children I am helping”

Children in deprived communities in Ghana lack organized forums for afterschool activities, exposing them to an increased risk of drug-abuse and crime. Mohammed Salis Tahir runs DUNK, offering basketball practice incorporated with life skills training:

If it weren’t for Reach for Change I would probably be a ‘café guy’, which is what we call those who con people in internet cafés. The Incubator was like an informal university degree for me. Instead of committing crime I am now creating a better Ghana for children.”

 

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