Araba is an entrepreneur although she has received no prior formal education. For the past ten years, she has prepared and sold "banku," 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. Araba sells her banku in Esiam, near Cape Coast. She is married with three children and her husband works as a farmer. Araba generally uses the profit from her business to help her husband cover the family’s general expenses and to pay their children’s school fees.
Araba is requesting a loan to purchase a greater quantity of cassava and maize to increase her current inventory levels. Her loan will allow her to sell greater quantities of her tasty banku. In the long term, Araba plans to reinvest the profit from her loan back into her business, thus helping her expand and meet rising customer demand.