Mr. Ogou came to the United States as a refugee on February 5, 2008 from his home country of Togo. He is a long-time farmer in the IRC’s New Roots gardening/farming program in Phoenix. Mr. Ogou used his recent loan from Whole Planet Foundation to purchase tomato, corn, watermelon, and okra seeds for the spring planting season. He currently sells his products to numerous farmers markets in the city and also to the New Roots/IRC sponsored CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that has been in operation since 2011.
Mr. Ogou’s business, Bio-Gou Farms, has been in operation for the past 5 years and has remained steady in profits and growth. In addition to his business, Mr. Ogou works full-time as a caregiver for the elderly. Mr. Ogou has already begun repayments on his loan and is in perfect status with no delinquencies or past-dues.
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