Christina is 37 years old and lives in the Paynesville area. She is married with two children, aged 11 and 14, who are in school and live at home. Christina is a junior student at a university.
For eight years now, Christina has been operating a shop where she sells cement. She started this business with money from her savings. At the time, she was selling palm oil, pepper, and bitter ball (a local variety of eggplant) around the marketplaces. She says she would give her goods to her customers during the week and collect her money during the weekends, because she was a high school student at the time.
Christina is requesting a loan to purchase more cement for her business. She enjoys her work because it guarantees her and makes her popular. Her plans are to build a house and expand her business.