Who We Are

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental organisation committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. LAPO was founded by Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe PhD in 1987 while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Over the years, the organisation has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit and non-credit empowerment programmes targeting disadvantaged groups. LAPO programmes include gender sensitization aimed at reducing the level of gender inequity and social exclusion and health intervention, which include prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other tropical diseases.



The leading institution enabling prosperity, excellent health and social justice in Africa.


To use innovative approaches to provide financial, health and social services to stakeholders in a sustainable manner.

Our Corporate Objectives

  • Promote access to basic and quality health care services through referrals and partnerships
  • Promote the culture of regular medical check-up for early detection of health conditions
  • Identify and redress gender discrimination among target beneficiaries
  • Improve the socio-economic and health conditions of women
  • Improve implementation of existing policies in target states
  • Research into social issues militating against sustainable development of targeted population
  • Create access of target population to relevant products at affordable rates


Exellence, intergrity, Accountability, Innovation, Transparency 

About the Founder

Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe.

Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe PhD is an accomplished social entrepreneur and a foremost Microfinance practitioner who has applied the concept of social enterprise to successfully build a number of enterprises which address the needs of persons and businesses at the bottom end of the society.  His business interests span microfinance, micro-insurance, micro-leasing, healthcare and education.

He began his involvement in Microfinance as a rural cooperative officer before he founded Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), a successful pro-poor development organization with operations in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The organization has evolved into a vast collection of mutually reinforced institutions/businesses with over two million clients and 6,210 employees

in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Dr. Ehigiamusoe has been central to the development of Microfinance in Africa and actively participated in the formulation of the Nigerian Microfinance Policy, Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines. He has been a notable facilitator at local and international seminars and conferences on financial inclusion.

Dr. Ehigiamusoe earned his first and second degrees in Sociology and Sociology of Development respectively at the University of Benin. He also holds a Doctorate degree in Policy and Development studies with distinction in his dissertation on Policy Instruments and Financial Inclusion : A Comparative Study of the Ethiopian and Nigerian Microfinance Policies and Regulatory Frameworks at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

He has attended capacity enhancing management development programmes at Harvard Kennedy School; Lagos Business School; INSEAD Business School-Singapore Campus; and IESE Business School , Barcelona.

In 2006, he led LAPO to win the prestigious Grameen Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Microfinance. He won the Nigeria’sModel Entrepreneur award of the FATE Foundation in 2008 and in 2010, the Professor Schwab Foundation’s ‘Outstanding Social Entrepreneur –Africa 2010 award.In 2014, Dr. Ehigiamusoe won the Lagos Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Benin honoured him for his outstanding contributions to human development while the University of Benin, Benin City conferred a Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) on him in 2016.

He authored Understanding NGOs (1998); Poverty and Microfinance in Nigeria (2000) and Issues in Microfinance: Enhancing Financial Inclusion (2011).  He is married to Mrs Ngozi Ehigiamusoe and blessed with five children. Dr. Ehigiamusoe strongly believes thatMeaningful development is only possible if the people at the bottom end of the society have full economic citizenship”