This Monday, January 16, 2023, a delegation made up of the corporate social responsibility team within the Compagnie Miniere de l’Ogooué (Comilog) and a representative of microfinance EDG contacted one of the beneficiaries.s seed fund set up by the mining company in collaboration with the Gabonese State. Opportunity for them to immerse themselves in the implementation of Karen Abessolo’s project in this case a restaurant bar in the Léyima district.
Financed by the microfinance institution EDG under the partnership agreement signed in September 2022, this entrepreneur obtained, in less than a month, a loan repayable in 24 months. An envelope that allowed him to set up an income-generating activity in the 2nd arrondissement of the city of Moanda.
This loan was used not only for the repair of the premises she rented, in particular painting, plumbing, electricity, the fitting out of a VIP room, but also for the purchase of equipment such as freezers, air conditioners , tables, chairs, food, drink to name a few. To date, Karen Abessolo has 4 employees, 3 of whom are full-time and one working part-time.
During this visit, the latter did not fail to express her gratitude to Comilog and the State. ” I am very happy to have carried out this project because out of 10 people, there are at least 8 who encourage me. I would like to thank the State and Comilog for giving me this opportunity and I encourage others to do like me. she said.
Remember that this start-up fund is typically intended for entrepreneurs residing in Comilog’s area of influence. It is part of support for the local economy in order to find an alternative to mining. The conditions for accessing loans with a guaranteed interest rate of between 5 and 6% are as follows: be Gabonese, reside in Comilog’s area of influence and have a project whose implementation cost varies between 1 and 25 millions.