Comfort is a widow and has eight children. Even though she did not receive any formal education, Comfort is a successful businesswoman. To earn a living, she prepares and sells ‘Kenkey’ (a traditional Ghanaian staple dish that is made from corn dough and is wrapped in banana leaves). She normally sells her Kenkey in Enyan Kokodo (near Cape Coast). She has been actively involved in this business for about five years. As the sole breadwinner in the family, Comfort uses her income to provide for the entire family.
Comfort will use the loan to purchase an increased amount of maize, which will help her to improve her overall sales of Kenkey. With the new profits from her expanded business, Comfort plans to diversify the types of products that she sells, thus adapting to changing customer preferences.
Important Information About CRAN
Please note that Kiva considers loans to this Field Partner, CRAN, to be particularly HIGH RISK. This organization has had very serious delinquency problems brought about by problems with its credit methodology, local environmental shocks including a depletion of local fisheries in its core area of operation (Cape Coast and the Central Province), and insufficient follow up with late clients. Lenders to this business should be aware that there is an increased risk of not getting repaid on this loan due to the challenges facing the Field Partner.
CRAN's creditors - including Kiva - have entered into a new Restructuring Agreement (For more information, please see CRAN's Field Partner profile: http://www.kiva.org/partners/91 ). Kiva will extend its ongoing policy of allowing CRAN to continue to raise funds on the Kiva website. New funds raised will be used to make repayments on older CRAN loans via Kiva’s standard net billing process.