Fatu, 39 years old, operates a shop selling charcoal in the Paynesville South 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.
Fatu is a widow with six children between the ages of 12 and 21, who are living at home with her. Only four are currently attending school. The last grade Fatu finished before getting into business was Grade 2. For the past six years, she has been selling charcoal in the local market. She started this business with money given to her by her mother. She enjoys her business because it gives her more money. She sells six days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Most of the time, she uses a bus or pickup to get her goods to her shop. She is requesting a loan to purchase more inventory for her business. Her plans are to build a house and educate her children.