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Bertha O. is a 37-year-old woman. She is married and the mother of three who are currently in school. Through hard work Bertha provide support for her children's education. She is a food vendor who has been selling banku and fufu in her neighborhood for the past two years now. Banku is prepared from milled maize grains, cooked and taken with hot pepper, gravy stew or any kind of soup and fried fish or meat. Fufu is obtained from pounded cassava with plantains taken with hot soup, together with meat and fish.

Bertha has many customers since many Ghanaians enjoy banku and fufu as breakfast, lunch, and supper. She wants to use the loan to buy more raw materials like bags of maize, cassava, plantains, meat, fish, vegetables and firewood. As a part of her business expansion, Bertha has added cooked rice and stew to her product line, and when asked she said most of her customers request the rice, so she saw it as an opportunity. She hopes to raise more income to help her husband take care of the children's educational needs. She belongs to a village bank called ‘Unity’.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 20
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $12,624,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1.4
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Bertha to buy more raw materials like bags of maize, meat, fish, vegetables and firewood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 14, 2009
May 23, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2009