This is 30-year-old Jariatu. She is married and has three children aged 5, 8, and 10 years. All are school-going children.
In 1992, Jariatu established her Frozen Fish and Chicken business. She began her business because she was in Primary school when she lost her father and her mother got ill. Her aunt decided to take care of her, but after several months, her mother's sickness became so severe that her aunt thought it wise that she should stay and help her mother since she is the eldest child. Jariatu started petty trading with the money her aunt gave her to support the home and her sick mother.
She carried huge responsibilities at an early age and doing business has helped her a lot. Working 7 days a week and 8 hours a day, she earns about Le 968,000 every month from this business. She would like a loan in the amount of Le 3,000,000. Jariatu requires a loan in order to purchase frozen fish - 10 cartons @ Le 220,000 and chicken - 10 cartons @ Le 80,000.
In the future, Jariatu plans to build a house, open another outlet, and open a cold-room for wholesale of frozen fish/chicken. Competition is her major problem. She is hardworking and honest. This is her first time in accessing a loan in this credit service, and she is looking forward to paying and accessing subsequent loans. She thanks you for your support.
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