Araba earns an income by preparing and selling "banku," a traditional Ghanaian dish made using fermented corn or cassava dough that is mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth, whitish, consistent paste. She normally sells her banku in Emissakrom, near Cape Coast, where she lives with her husband and their three children. Her husband is a farmer.
Araba has been engaged in her business for about six years, and she uses her income to help her husband to support the family's basic expenses and to pay the children's school fees. Araba has had some form of formal education as she is a junior secondary school graduate, and she is determined to ensure that all her children receive an education.
She plans on using her loan funds to purchase an increased quantity of cassava and maize, thus allowing her to meet rising customer demand.
She intends to use the expected profits from her enterprise to develop her business further and to support her children's education.