Esi started her fish and gari (a couscous-like grain made from grated cassava) business five years ago in a community market where she lives. She prepares and serves her customers with very tasty fish in the market and for that reason she is popular with many. As she lives by the coastal area in the central region of Ghana she gets the fresh fish before she smokes them. Many people buy from her in the market place.
Esi is 40 years old, is married, and is the mother of four children. Two of her children are currently in school; she supports her children from the business proceeds. She depends on that for their food, school bills and sometimes their medical bills.
Esi requests the loan to buy an increased stock of assorted fish to make increased sales and income to support her children’s education and her business growth. She hopes to repay the loan on time.