Salimata O. is a dynamic 38-year-old woman living with her husband and her three children in Treichville, a popular commercial township in Abidjan. Salimata started the production and sale of stewpan in March 2004 with a USD 450 loan from AE&I. She has developed the business over the last three years and now wants to increase production in order to sell stewpan in the neighbouring countries of Burkina, Faso, and Mali, where she has relatives. Salimata O. is an example of a brave and courageous person who has shown excellence in self-taught management skills. She has applied for a loan of USD 750.