Patience is a 30-year-old business woman from Liberia. She and her fiancée are living together; they both have two children, aged 8 and 10. Her two children are currently attending school and live at home. She had completed fifth grade before starting her business. She describes herself as a working woman.
She lives and works in St. Paul. St. Paul is home to the oldest market in Liberia and is known for its fish, due to its location by the sea. St. Paul is a suburb located just outside Monrovia, past the Freeport. It is one of the poorer areas, and you will often find its residents living in sub-standard housing.
Patience has a cook shop (restaurant) which has been selling rice and soup for the past three years now. She works ten hours at her business. Her greatest challenge in business is that sometimes customers complain about the high price of food.
She intends to use the loan to buy more food ingredients, such as dried bush-meat, fish, pepper, onions, Vita (juice drink), salt, etc. She started her business by selling for her mother. She likes her business because she makes more profit. She hopes to one day own a house.
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