ASA Savings and Loans Limited has gone to the aid of the Physically Challenged Action Foundation, at Offinso in the Ashanti Region, donating an assortment of items valued at about GH¢9,500.
The items included foodstuff, detergents, wheelchairs, sewing machines among others, and were offered to support the upkeep and skill-training of the Centre’s residents.
The Divisional Manager of ASA Savings and Loans for Ashanti Region, Mr. Haiul Hasan, speaking in an interview at the ceremony to hand over the items, noted that disability is not inability; but charged that caring for the physically challenged does not rest on the shoulders of one person.
It is in this respect that he said ASA Savings and Loans cannot be left out of offering support in any little way that it can to support for helping give those accommodated at the Physically Challenged Action Foundation some training.
He was hopeful that the machines presented will be put to good use to make the beneficiaries entrepreneurial-minded.
The Deputy Managing Director of ASA Savings and Loans-Ghana, Shah Md. Abdul Wahab, explained that as part of its work ASA is committed to supporting ongoing development in the communities where it operates.
“Our CSR activities are wide and varied – supporting programmes spanning education, health screening with free medicine, donations, drilling boreholes, and giving scholarships among others.”
He said in 2017 ASA Savings and Loans undertook medical screening – Malaria, Hepatitis-B, BP, Diabetic, general screening with free medicines, distribution of mosquito nets – in about 42 communities. This benefitted over 7,401 people at a cost of about GH¢157,025.
This year, 2018, a budget of US$75,000 was set aside to embark on a series of social intervention programmes as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.
The projects to be executed include drilling mechanised boreholes for communities deprived of access to clean drinking water, health screening exercises as well as other projects which specifically address the needs of targetted communities, if need be.
It also includes granting scholarship awards to needy but brilliant children and other donation programmes for underprivileged schools across the country.
Already, ASA Savings & Loans has spent about GH¢216,000 of its 2018 allocation on a number of projects across the country.
The proprietor of the Physically Challenged Action Foundation expressed gratitude for the assistance offered by ASA Savings and Loans.
However, he also appealed to corporate institutions and individuals to emulate the benevolence of ASA Savings and Loans and come to their aid.
He said they get very little support from the state to run the Centre, and therefore urged the public and businesses to also help their effort.
ASA Savings and loans Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of ASA International, a global microfinance leader in Asia and Africa. It started operations in Ghana in 2008 and was granted a Savings and Loans licence by the Bank of Ghana in 2013
ASA is a member of Ghana Club 100, and so far it has 113 branches and business centres across six regions of the country, and is currently serving more than 215,000 clients while providing direct employment for 845 staff.