Asana N. is 50 years old. She is married with three children, all of whom are attending school. The first child is studying at a nursing school, the second is studying at a teacher training college, and the third is in the senior school. Asana lives with her husband at Bekwai in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Her husband works with Ghana Telecommunication (GT), now acquired by Vodafone UK. She owns and operates a grocery shop and sells items like rice, evaporated milk, canned foods and drinks, assorted cooking oil, washing powder, toilet soaps, candies, biscuits, etc. in the local community. She wants to use the loan to buy bulk supply of the above items to expand her business.
She maintains that no member of her family is capable to support her financially because they are also facing hardships like her. Asana hopes that the income she would make from the expanded business will enable her to provide quality education to her children. Asana belongs to a village bank called “Yikoshai Allah”, which means ‘Power belongs to God’. She hopes to receive GH¢1000 to make business progress by restocking her inventory.