Although she has received no formal education, Ekua is an entrepreneur. She specializes in preparing and selling banku. Banku is a traditional Ghanaian dish, made using fermented corn/cassava dough, which is mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth, whitish, consistent paste. She is usually found operating in her village of Emissakrom (near Cape Coast). She has been involved in this enterprise for 15 years.
Ekua is married and has six children. Her husband works as a carpenter. The proceeds from her business normally go towards helping her husband cover the family’s general expenses and pay their children’s school fees. Ekua wants to use her loan to purchase an increased quantity of maize and cassava which in turn will allow her to sell more of her tasty banku. In the long term, Ekua plans to reinvest future profits into her business, thus helping her expand and meet the needs of rising customer demand.