A loan of $275 helped to purchase a greater quantity of maize, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty ‘Kenkey’.


Yaa's story

Even though Yaa 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, Yaa is an entrepreneur. She prepares and sells ‘Kenkey’ (a traditional Ghanaian dish made from corn dough wrapped in banana leaves) for a living. She primarily sells her ‘Kenkey’ in Enyan Apaa (near Cape Coast). Her business enterprise has grown substantially since she began eight years ago. She uses the income from her business to help her husband raise their two children.

Yaa has identified the growing demand among consumers for her ‘Kenkey’; 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, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty ‘Kenkey’.

With the new profits from her expanded business, Yaa wants to buck the trend by ensuring that all of her children will be given the opportunity to further distance their family from poverty.


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