Alimatu is a food vendor located in Likpe Bakua, Hohoe main station. Alimatu has never received any formal education because her parents didn’t have any hope of educating her. She is married and has 5 children. Her husband is into farming. Alimatu has been cooking and selling banku for 4years now. Banku/Akple: Fermented corn/cassava dough mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste. It is served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish.
To prepare banku, she first prepares corn dough (maize that has been milled and left for a day) and cassava dough. She mixes the cassava and corn dough and cooks them into a porridge-like consistency form. To get the right consistency, she has to stir the mixture on a hot firewood stove. The texture of banku has to be fine, but firm.
The accompanying dish can either be any kind of soup or sauce such as palm nut soup, groundnut soup or peanut soup, okra soup, or hot pepper sauce with fish of any kind. The most popular side dish for banku is okra stew.
She has been assisting the husband to feed the family. Her loan will be used to buy bags of cassava dough, bags of maize, tomatoes. She hopes to use the new profits from her business to save and increase her working capital.
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