A loan of $275 helped to purchase a greater quantity of maize and cassava, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty Banku.


Abena's story

Even though Abena grew up in poverty without an education, this has not stopped her from fulfilling her dream of achieving a better life for her and her family. Currently, Abena is an entrepreneur. She prepares and sells ‘Banku’ for a living (a traditional Ghanaian dish made using fermented corn/cassava dough that is mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste). She primarily sells her ‘Banku’ in Enyan Apaa (near Cape Coast). Her business enterprise has grown substantially since she began seven years ago. She uses the income from her business to help her husband raise their three children. Abena has identified that there is growing demands among consumers’ for her ‘Banku.’ Nevertheless, she is unable to meet their needs due to a limited inventory capacity. Thus, she aims to use her loan to purchase a greater quantity of maize and cassava, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty ‘Banku.’ With the new profits from her expanded business, Abena wants to buck the trend by ensuring that all her children will be given the opportunity to further distance their family from poverty.


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