This is Fatu, from Liberia. She lives in Paynesville North, which is a suburb of the capital city of Monrovia. Paynesville North has the largest market in Montserrado county, and the area is home to “round time marketers”, traders who travel to the interior to purchase various goods to sell throughout the county. As a result, there is a high concentration of wholesalers in the area who distribute to various markets around Montserrado County, including Monrovia.
Fatu is 50, and married with six children. Her children are between the ages of 5 and 35. One child is currently living at home, and in school.
Fatu has owned a table business selling beans, groundnuts, and pepper for the past ten years. On average, she works ten hours at her business. She started her business through her mother's help, and she transports her merchandise by taxi. Her favorite part of the business is it keeps her busy.
She will use the loan to purchase more goods such as beans, groundnuts, and pepper; she cites the high price of goods as her biggest challenge.