A loan of $700 helped to expand and improve her business by increasing her inventory.

Mavis's story

Mavis is a 25-year-old married woman and the mother of two children. Currently, one of her children is in school, while her youngest child is too young to attend school. She lives in a community in the western region of Ghana.

To earn a living, she is a trader who deals assorted products such as cooking utensils, plastic bowls, lunch boxes, etc. She generally sells her goods through "hawking" (i.e., house-to-house selling). She explains that she has been trading for three years now. With her good humor and kind demeanor she has attracted many loyal customers who purchase goods from her stand. She treks to Kumasi to purchase her stock of goods. Recently, she added food sales during lunch time to her business operations. Specifically, she prepares and serves banku with tilapia. Banku, which is a delicacy prepared from milled maize and includes hot sauce or pepper, is enjoyed by many people of Ghana.

She has been facing challenges with her business as a result of inadequate funds, which precludes her from purchasing additional inventory. As a result, she is requesting a loan in the amount of $700 to buy more supplies of products that are frequently in high demand. With the loan proceeds she believes she will be better positioned to generate higher profits in order to, ultimately, build her own store (and thereby do away with the need to sell her products by "hawking"). She would be grateful for your assistance.

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