Martha D. is thirty–five years old. She is married with three children, two sons and one daughter. Her first son is married and living outside the family home. Her other two children are in school. She operates a “chop bar” (restaurant), where she sells local dishes such as fufu, which is prepared from cooked pounded cassava and plantain, banku, made from milled maize and cassava, and rice balls. These dishes are mostly served hot with soups.
Martha says the cost of raw materials has gone up and that she needs a loan to enable her to meet production costs. She wants to purchase raw materials like cassava, plantain, rice, vegetables, and maize to prepare her meals. She wants to work harder to save enough money to help sponsor her children to higher levels.
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