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Larry Lallo, executive director of Barberton Community Development Corporation, talks about his trip to Togo with the Mercy Economic Development International Corp. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
Residents from the Village of Hlassame in Lalo, West Africa, where the future Nina Thomas Trust Bank will be located with help from MEDIC.
The first village where two MicroTrust Bank members gathered. Margie Roop presents one small group with their first loans and wishing them "good Luck" in their native French language. (Photo courtesy of Margie Roop)
The people of Togo, most of the first two Microtrust Bank recipients during a ceremony that took place in the courtyard of a local private school. (Photo courtesy of Margie Roop)
A small groups of loan recipients in Togo. The Togolese, men and women are a very proud people. They take pride in their shape physically and in their appearance. The women carry and work all day with their babies on their backs. (Photo courtesy of Margie Roop)
Margie Roop poses with the first group of loan recipients in Togo. (Photo courtesy of Margie Roop)
Benin Businessman Hippolyte Sossa,(left) explains his plans for the future, to create jobs, and provide more financial opportunities for the people of Benin with visitors from the Mercy Economic Development International Corp., or MEDIC.