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Akua owns a cloth stall in the central Kumasi market. She inherited the shop after working there for 10 years. Her first year of ownership was difficult as she had no capital to expand the shop. So Akua decided to use her extra time selling food on the streets. With the extra money she earned, the shop slowly expanded. Now, 5 years later, she carries not only cotton cloth, but also blankets, towels, and polyester cloth.

Akua needs a loan to expand her shop even more by selling “lace cloth”. Lace cloth is very popular for making the elegant Ghanaian dresses (called “kaba and sliht” in Twi) that women wear for formal occasions. Akua believes a wider variety of cloth will attract more customers. This will also increase business for the seamstresses in the market.

Back at home, she hopes her son will graduate from high school this year. If he does, she will use the extra income to help send him to university

(*Photo Note: Ekua is on the left wearing "kaba and sliht.")

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 40
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $11,729,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.0
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $825 helped Akua to expand her shop by purchasing 30 pieces of lace cloth and polyester cloth.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 24, 2007
Nov 9, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 24, 2008