A loan of $250 helped to purchase a greater quantity of maize and cassava, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty ‘Banku’.


Mary's story

Even though Mary grew up in poverty without an education, this has not stopped her from fulfilling her dream of achieving a better life for herself and her family. Currently, Mary 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 Effutuakwa (near Cape Coast).

Her business enterprise has grown substantially since she began 4 years ago. She uses the income from her business to help her husband raise their 6 children. Mary has identified that there are growing demands among consumers for her ‘Banku’. Nevertheless she is unable to meet their needs due to a limited inventory. 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, Mary 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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