Mariam B. is a 30-year-old dynamic woman. She lives with her cohabitant and their 3 children in Adjamé, a populated suburb in the north of the Abidjan district. She is a fruits and legumes seller in the Adjamé market, where she has been operating for more than 10 years. Her cohabitant is a taxi driver, and the family has been able to send 2 of their kids to school. Mariam, who benefited from her first loan from AE&I in July 2004, has been an excellent performer and has consistently taken advantage of these loans to improve her business. The volume of her goods has progressively increased. She will use the loan to purchase onions and tomatoes in bulk for gross sale.