A loan of $525 helped to buy bags of cassava and corn dough, bags of cassava, plantains, palm fruit, tomatoes, cartons of chicken and meat, and also to get extra hands to help with the cooking.


Stella's story

Stella is married and has seven children. She has never been to school. Stella is food vendor who cooks and sells a variety of dishes at Wegbe, Hohoe, as she has done for the past 11 years. Her main dishes are fufu and banku. Banku/akple is fermented corn/cassava dough mixed in proportion and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste. It is served with soup, stew, or a pepper sauce with fish. Fufu (also known as foofoo or foufou) is a paste made from starchy root vegetables put into a mortar and beaten smooth with a pestle. The malleable dough is served and eaten with a light tomato soup, groundnut soup, palm oil fruit soup, or another soup. Her husband is a farmer. Stella uses her income to give support to her husband in providing for the family. Stella will use the loan to buy bags of corn dough, bags of cassava, plantains, palm fruit, tomatoes, cartons of chicken and meat, and also to get extra hands to help with the cooking. With the new profits from her expanded business, Stella intended to save and reinvest so she can improve her profit margins.


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