Mary is 52 years old. She is divorced with six children. At the moment, one is in school. She is a local manufacturer of palm oil. Palm oil is produced from palm nuts. The palm nuts are processed through various stages to obtain the palm oil. Palm oil is used to prepare many local dishes like frying fish, local soaps, and in pastries etc. Mary produces and supplies to food vendors to prepare their meals. Her production is on a small scale due to having inadequate capital to buy a machine for the processing.
Mary requests a loan to buy more bags of palm nuts and gallon containers to store the palm oil. She has been in business for 25 years while taking care of all her children and takes delivery of stock from the surrounding villages. She is the one with the scarf on her head in the photograph.