Helena is 50 years old and lives at Paynesville North, which has the largest local market in Montsorrade. She is a junior high school dropout. She’s married and has ten children between 14 and 34 years old, with only one in school and living at home. She describes herself as a hardworking person. For the past four years she has been selling rice, palm oil, pepper, etc. in the local market. She likes her business because of the way her customers respond to it. She started this business with money given to her by mother. She shares a taxi to enable her to get her goods to her table at the market. She is requesting a loan to purchase more rice, palm oil, pepper, etc. for her business. She plans to buy a piece of land and build a house. She would like to say thanks to the lenders who support BRAC Liberia to enable small business people to increase their business volume.