Total loan: $175
New Kru, Montserrado, Liberia / Food
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A loan helped to buy more foods to cook for her customers, including rice, dried fish, dried meats, oil and onions, plus charcoal for cooking.
Kokor lives in New Kru town, which is one of the oldest communities in Liberia. Living conditions there are a bit difficult, due to the high rate of crime, few bathrooms, filthy conditions, and over-population, but the most interesting part is that rooms are a bit cheaper, there are options for transportation, the community contains one of the biggest markets in Liberia, and food is cheaper. Kokor is single and has two children, ages one and four years. Only one of her children is currently attending school, and they live at home. Kokor was able to complete 11th grade, before starting her business. For the past five years, she has been busy running her cook shop, where she sells rice, soup, and drinks. With the loan proceeds, she will buy more foods to cook for her customers, including rice, dried fish, dried meats, pepper, oil, and onions, plus charcoal for cooking. Kokor said, "Besides fewer goods in stock, I have no other problems for now." She managed to establish her cook shop with a little money from her mother. She learned to run the business by seeing other businesswomen. She said, "I enjoy the flows of customers and the fast buying." Her dreams are to move from her cook shop business to a restaurant business, and to live a better life in future.