Esther, age 46, runs a food stall business at the market, where she sells such food items as charcoal, pepper, oil, salt, vita, and onion. She has been operating this business for the past 17 years. She learned the business from her mother, and her father helped her start up the venture. She likes her work because it provides her with an income and allows her to meet many people.
Esther and her husband live in Montserrado County in the capital city of Liberia. It is well known as Liberia's commercial city. They have seven children between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. Three of them still live at home and attend school.
She is requesting a loan in order to buy more food items such as charcoal, pepper, oil, salt, vita, and onion to sell at the market. Her eventual goal is save enough money to build a house.