Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Signing Ceremony

During a signing ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Sep. 28, Chargé d’Affaires Dana Banks signed grants totaling $50,000 to support 14 different community projects in different regions of Togo, through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. The fund, which has supported worthy projects every year since 1964, is a way for the Embassy to promote sustainable development by supporting income-generating projects that are community led and organized. This year’s group of projects includes bee-keeping, fish farming, breeding pigs, and many more. It also includes a program to encourage entrepreneurship among former prisoners, and another to install a solar refrigerator to store livestock vaccines. The Self-Help fund is overseen by the Embassy’s development section. In her remarks, Chargé Banks said that while the projects supported by the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund are not massive in scale, they have a profound impact on their communities.