BY MUNTALLA INUSAH/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lapaz Business Centre of ASA Savings and Loans Limited has rewarded 20 needy but brilliants student whose parents are their customers and have been doing business with them for at least four years with scholarship packages.
The 20 beneficiaries are made of up 15 Junior High School students and five from the primary pupils. They are Gideon Boakye Yiadom, Paula Tetteh, Anane Richmond, Somuah Asante Nana, Patrick Antwi, Joshua Mensah, Agnes Frimpong, Oppong Kojo Blessing, Awaya Eric Akuvi, Asamoah Felix and Amegbor Claudia.
The rest are Evans Anne Tey, Deborah Nowah, Peter Owusu Kesse, Millicent Adu, Amagyei Precious, Obesse Etta Yeboah, Adamah Edward, Tetteh Elorm Prince and Nyarkor Christopher Junior.
Dirk Brouwer, Chief Executive Officer of ASA International addressing the gathering
Presenting the scholarship to the beneficiaries, the Chief Executive Officer of ASA International, Dirk Brouwer commended the beneficiaries and their customers especially for doing business with them.
According to him, it is the aim of ASA to always support their customers and their brilliants wards to be able to improve the society the operate in. He expressed gratitude and admiration to the beneficiaries and challenged them not to rest on their oars.
Mr Brouwer said their main focus is to provide financial services to assist people in the informal sectors that are constrained with financial assistance to establish their own business and to expand their existing business as well as meet their financial obligations.
Some of the customers at the function
We the best Savings and Loans Company
The Chief Operation Officer (COO) of ASA International, Mohammed Enamul Haque on his part said ASA is the best savings and loan company in the world because their “interest rate is flexible.” He said other companies give loans to the rich but ASA targets the less privileged market women.
He revealed that ASA Savings has budgeted $750, 000 (GHc360,000) to support the communities in which “we operate in the areas of providing merchandised boreholes, scholarships, general health screening with free medicine, breast cancer screening, distribution of mosquito nets, donations to orphanages and underprivileged.”
He added that it undertook medical screening in 2017 and donation in 42 communities benefiting 7, 401 people at the cost of $35, 000 (GHc157, 025).
The COO added that ASA Saviings is proud of the Ghana CLUB 100 and ranked 20th best in the 2015 and 2016 as well industry leader awards in the Savings and Loans. It was also adjudged the Overall Best Taxpayer in 2014 and recently received an award from the Students Loans Trust Fund for its exemplary performance in repaying student loans on behalf of its employees.
They separately expressed their gratitude to ASA and thanked them for helping their mothers and also giving them scholarship to school.
Dirk Brouwer, Chief Executive Officer of ASA International and the beneficiaries
ASA employs over 1000 Ghanaians
On his part, Mohammed Aourongjeb, the Managing Director of ASA in Ghana stated that over 1000 Ghanaians have so far been employed by ASA and hope to add more to it when necessary.
He assured the customers that very soon, it will introduce mobile banking services to make it easier for the to do business with them.
Free health screening/free mosquito nets
Free health screening and free mosquito net ready for distribution
Aside the scholarship, over 200 customers were screened of malaria, Hepatitis’s B, Blood Pressure and general health screening. Free mosquito nets were also given to them.