Cecilia A., a 58-year-old trader, is a wife and mother of four children, two of whom who are currently in school.
She treks to buy foods, such as groundnuts, yams, onions, beans, and maize, and sells them in the local market. She also supplies larger portions to her customers who need to buy wholesale quantities. Cecilia says that, through this business, she has managed to support her first child, who has just completed senior high school.
She is requesting a loan to buy increased stock of yams, groundnuts, onions, maize and beans to expand her business. She hopes to increase her savings to support her children in school and to give them hope for the future.
She belongs to the Good Mind Trust Group. In this community group, members guarantee for one another as social collateral and assist one another to repay the loan. Her picture was taken during her group meeting.