Fatu is a 45-year-old businesswoman from Liberia. She is married and has five children between the ages of 10 and 27. Only two of the children are in school and live at home. Fatu describes herself as hard working.
She lives in Nimba, a county in Liberia that shares a border with Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire. Because of its status as a border county, trade is the primary activity in the region. The area also has the second highest population in Liberia.
Fatu has a table business where she sells rice, pepper, oil, vita (a juice drink), onions, etc. She has been in this business for the past two years. She works 10 hours a day at her business. Her greatest challenge in business is fewer goods in her shop. She intends to use the loan to buy more rice, pepper, oil, vita, onions, etc. for her business. She started her business with money from her mother. She likes her business because she makes more profit. She hopes to one day to build a house.