Esi is a small-scale ‘wakye’ seller (wakye is a traditional Ghanaian dish made primarily of beans, rice and colored leaves). She mostly sells her ‘wakye’ in Whindo (near Takoradi). She has had some form of formal education, as she is a middle-school form four graduate. She is married and has six children, and her husband is a farmer.
Esi has been preparing and selling ‘wakye’ for close to six years. Her income is used to help her husband pay the utility bills and their children’s school fees. She plans on using her loan to purchase more rice and beans, thus allowing her to meet rising customers’ demands. She hopes to use the profits from her enterprise to fulfill her dream of mounting a ‘wakye’ stand, hence helping her sell from a fixed location in the future.