This is Esther from Liberia. She resides in Buchanan, the capital city of Grand Bassa county. The county is located by the sea and is known for its beaches and fish. In addition, many logging companies are located in the city. People in Buchanan are known in the country for their love of fufu, a cassava based dough typically eaten with soup or sauce.
She is 28 and single, and she has a four-year-old child. Her child is currently living at home and attending school.
Esther has owned her own small local business selling rice, onions, oil, and other items for the past 10 years. She will use the loan proceeds to purchase more goods.
On average, she works 9 hours at her business from Monday to Saturday. She started her business with a small amount of money from her fiancee. She transports her merchandise by shared taxi. She cites the rainy season as her biggest challenge. Her favorite part of her business is making profits. In the future, she would like to build a modern shop.