A loan of $475 helped buy cassava, corn and other ingredients to prepare food for sale.

Abena's story

For the past four years, Abena G. has been selling gari and kenkey in her village Mfuom, near Abura town in the Central Region. Gari is a Ghanaian staple painstakingly made from cassava and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Kenkey is another staple made from fermented cassava and corn dough.

Abena is married and has six children. Her sale of gari and kenkey supplements her husband’s income as a farmer. She helps pay the cost of sending their children to school – mainly school uniforms and books, and also some of the utilities bills.

In order to save up for higher education fees for her children, Abena needs to increase her earnings. To do so, she plans to expand her business with her loan from Kiva. With it she will purchase more cassava, corn, and other ingredients to prepare more food for sale. Part of the anticipated extra earnings will be put back into the business to grow it further and the rest will be saved for her family’s future.

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