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Comfort A. is forty-two years old. She is married and has three little kids who are in basic school. Comfort lives with her husband and children in a community called Nkwaateng. Nkwaateng is in the Eastern Region of Ghana. A sizeable number of the inhabitants are engaged in farming activities. However, a quite appreciable number of the women are involved in palm oil production. Comfort is one of these women who actively produce palm oil. She has been in business for five years. Her husband is a daily savings collector in the community.

Comfort buys palm nuts from the farmers in her community; processes them in her house to produce the oil and sells it at wholesale prices to her customers. Palm oil is a local vegetable oil produced from palm fruit which has been cooked, pounded, sieved and boiled for hours. The reddish substance (the oil) is skimmed off and reboiled to expel its water content. Comfort desires to use the loan to expand her business by buying palm fruit in bulk to be able to supply to more customers. She also trades in "kenkey," one the favorite local dishes, to supplement her income.

She believes the loan assistance would enable her to scale up production to serve larger market and eventually, help improve her family finances. She is a member of a Trust Bank group called Courage Trust Group. Members in this group guarantee for one another as social collateral to access the loan and support each other in handling repayment of the loan.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 32
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $11,960,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.4
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Comfort to procure palm fruit in bulk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 5, 2009
Mar 14, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2009