Hawa is 42 years old and lives at Paynesville North, which has the largest local market in Montsorrade. She and her fiance live together and her fiance is not working now. They both have five children between 8 and 28 years old. The children are in school and only two live at home. She described herself as a hardworking person. For the past six years, she has been running a cook shop (restaurant) where she sells rice, fufu (fufu is made out of cassava), and soup in the local market. She likes her business because of the ways customers respond to it. She started this business with money given to her by her oldest sister. She walks every day to buy her ingredients since her shop is much closer to local market. She is requesting a loan to purchase more rice, pepper, fish, vita, dry bush meat, etc. for her business. She plans to buy a piece of land and build a house. She says thanks to the lenders who support BRAC Liberia to enable small business people to increase their sales volume.