Mary O. is a 54-year-old mother of four. All of her children are working. She has sold plantains and other grocery products for the past 14 years in order to support her family. She gets her plantains directly from farmers in nearby communities, which allows her to avoid dealing with middlemen.
In addition to selling plantains, Mary also operates a grocery shop that serves the community she lives in. In it, she sells items like sugar, biscuits, and evaporated milk. Unfortunately, business has slowed somewhat due to current food prices and the economic crunch in the world market. Mary wants to use the loan to buy more bunches of plantains and grocery products, increasing her efficiency by buying in bulk and maintaining her supply to her customers.
Mary believes this will help expand her business so she can raise more income to support her family. She belongs to a village bank called "Nyame Mmoa," which means "God’s Help."