Alhasan B. is 35 years old. She is married and the mother of five kids. She lives in Bekwai zongo community with her husband. Her husband is a security man for a company. Zongo in Ghana is a place which is dominated by Muslims.
She is a local manufacturer of palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is produced from palm kernels. The palm kernel is a by-product of palm oil. The palm kernel is processed through various stages to obtain the palm kernel oil, which is used to prepare many local dishes like frying fish, local soaps and pastries. She produces and supplies to food vendors to prepare their meals. However, her production is on the low side as a result of low working capital to afford a machine for the processing. She wants to use the loan to buy more bags of palm kernel, and an electric milling machine to reduce the drudgery of using manual labour to help produce larger quantities. She believes the loan will enable her to save more towards her children's education. Alhasan belongs to a village bank called ‘Jordan’. She hopes to receive GHS700 to develop her business by restocking her inventory.