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Nii Doodo Dodoo
Project Country Director, Ghana Improving Food Safety Systems Project 

How long have you been involved with IESC' 
Since June 2016

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most' 

Creating an environment that motivates staff to go the extra mile. I am constantly on the lookout for factors that demotivate staff so I can attend to them. I therefore try to keep an active line of communication between myself and my staff so I can find out quicker when something is negatively affecting the work environment. In my management career, I have always maintained that I consider it a failure if I only find out about a staff's genuine feedback at the point when they are exiting the organization.   

Tell us about your most memorable moment at IESC, or about a beneficiary you've met who you were particularly moved or inspired by.

My most memorable moment at IESC was when at a very early stage in the project, and with just two other staff hired, we had to organize a major stakeholder forum with our donors in attendance. Behind the confident/bold leadership I displayed was a sublime feeling of uncertainty. Being just a little over a month in the job, it felt like a final part of the interview process, but this time with the funder of the project. The expression of satisfaction that I received from everyone at the end (especially from USAID) had a humbling effect on me and I was very quick to share this with everyone on the team, which included two volunteer experts. It was definitely a team effort, with some support from HQ staff. It was Thursday, July 21st and the date never goes out of my mind.

What's something you couldn't live without, and why' 

Sports and physical fitness. I play football (soccer), I watch football and I used to run a sports bar a couple of years ago. I try to jog a few times a week as well as take my family out to run and play before dinner and going to bed. That's how I take care of my stress. I guess this kind of addiction is good for the football industry.

What's the best book you've ever read'

I don't like fiction. I feel there are so many 'real' things I don't know that I need to find out about. And instead of reading, I prefer watching documentaries. So the one about Nelson Mandela is one of the best ones.

If you had unlimited time and resources, what's a skill or hobby you'd want to learn' 

Improve on my French and find out about various religions. There is a philosophical side of me that keeps asking a lot of questions about life. I may end up doing something in relation with religious research. Waiting for the right time.
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In Lebanon, A Coastal Bakery Flourishes

Naji expanded his bakery business with a loan through the Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program.

Ever since Naji returned from Brazil to settle in Jbeil, Mount Lebanon, he has worked to share his passion for baking with the local community. Naji wanted to expand his bakery and cater to the summer tourists who flock to Jbeil for its coastal beauty. But in order to expand, he needed capital.

After learning about the Association d'Entraide Professionnelle (AEP), a microfinance institution supported by the Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program, Naji applied for a loan and received $4,000. Naji used the loan to purchase an ice cream machine that would appeal to summer tourists and local residents. He also purchased a delivery car, which helped him to expand the reach of his business opportunities.

Due to these enhancements, Naji's monthly net income increased by 20 percent and the bakery's popularity flourished. Naji is very proud of his achievements. 'The loan made my life much easier and came at the right time and occasion,' he said.

In 2009, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) started the Lebanon Investment in Microfinance Program, implemented by the International Executive Service Corps through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance. The LIM program is designed to increase access to finance in rural areas of Lebanon by supporting microfinance organizations.

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