She operates a chop bar (where African dishes are prepared for sale) and she also sells fried fish at Asebu Ekroful, which she has done for 20 years. Her husband is a driver. Mary uses her income to help her husband.
Mary will use the loan to purchase cassava for the fufu (made from pounded, glutenized cassava), maize for banku (starchy maize dumplings) and other ingredients for the preparation of the food to sell.
With the new profits from her business, Mary plans to get a better place to serve her customers.
Important Information About CRAN
Please note that Kiva considers loans to this Field Partner, CRAN, to be particularly HIGH RISK. This organization has had very serious delinquency problems brought about by problems with its credit methodology, local environmental shocks including a depletion of local fisheries in its core area of operation (Cape Coast and the Central Province), and insufficient follow up with late clients. Lenders to this business should be aware that there is an increased risk of not getting repaid on this loan due to the challenges facing the Field Partner.
CRAN's creditors - including Kiva - have entered into a new Restructuring Agreement (For more information, please see CRAN's Field Partner profile: http://www.kiva.org/partners/91 ). Kiva will extend its ongoing policy of allowing CRAN to continue to raise funds on the Kiva website. New funds raised will be used to make repayments on older CRAN loans via Kiva’s standard net billing process.