Patricia A. is 23 years old. She is single and lives with her mother in a rented apartment in a farming/commercial town called Takorase, near Akim Oda in the eastern region of Ghana. She works very hard to support her mother financially and provide for her family.
Patricia is a food vendor. She cooks and sells sugary kenkey. She prepares the food in her house and hawks in the community and at the market square. She procures bags of maize and other ingredients from wholesalers in the nearby towns. Patricia has been in the business for five years and wants a loan to purchase bags of maize in bulk. She hopes to make some savings before she enters into marriage.