A loan of $225 helped to buy extra bags of maize to prepare more Fante kenkey.

Efua's story

Efua A. prepares Fante kenkey for sale at Abura. She has no educational background. She is a widow and has six dependents.

Efua has been in the kenkey production business for some time now and is responsible for the upkeep of her family. Her loan will be used to buy extra bags of maize to prepare Fante kenkey for distribution to her customers. She hopes to use the new earnings from her business to save to educate her children.

To prepare her kenkey, Efua buys maize from the market and soaks it in enough water to soften the maize. She washes the maize on the third day and sends it to the mill to be milled. She then makes a mixture of dough out of the milled wet corn and leaves it to prove (ferment) until the next day.

Efua divides the proved dough into two parts, uses one part for her firm half-cooked dough (mixes it with water to get it in a porridge form, cooks it for some time to get a firm mixture or texture of the dough) and then mixes the rest of the uncooked dough with the half-cooked dough. She moulds it into balls and wraps each ball in corn husk. She then cooks them again till they becomes soft enough to eat.

Kenkey can be eaten with various kinds of sauces, such as pepper sauce, with fried or roasted fish, roasted chicken, roasted turkey or any other kind of meat or fish.

The photo was taken when Efua had just lit the fire under the kenkey to boil it to get it ready for distribution.

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