This is Abdoul from Liberia. He lives in Paynesville North, which is a suburb of the capital city of Monrovia. Paynesville North has the largest market in Montserrado County. The area is home to “round time marketers”, traders that 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 distributes to various markets around Montserrado County, including Monrovia.
He is 37 years old, married with three children. His children are between the ages of 13 and 4. They are currently living at home and in school. Abdoul owns his own provision shop selling rice, milk, flour, sugar, toothpaste, etc for the past seven years. He will use the loan proceeds to purchase rice, milk, flour, sugar, toothpaste, etc.
On average, he works 7am to 8pm at his business. He started his business with help from his father who is a teacher. He transports his merchandise by taxi. He cites less stock as his biggest challenge. His favorite part of his business is the flow of customers. In the future, he would like to build a modern house.