37-year-old Annie operates a cook shop (restaurant) selling rice and soup in the Sinkor area of Liberia. It is a suburb of the capital city of Monrovia and one of the most populated areas in Montserrado County. The area boasts one of the best standards of living in the county with affordable rents, good roads, access to water and lots of transportation options.
She is married and has five children, between ages 10 and 16. Three are currently attending school and two of them live at home. She completed 6th grade before starting her business. She describes herself as a good business woman.
Annie has had a cook shop business for the past 21 years. She works 12 hours a day, six days a week at her business. Her greatest challenge in business is that during the rainy season she hardly gets customers. She intends to use the loan to buy more rice, pepper, fish, charcoal, etc. She started her business with help from her husband who sells charcoal. She likes her business because it helps her buy some items for the home. In the future, she wants to own a house.
She wants to thank the lenders for supporting BRAC Liberia and its borrowers.