Please meet 48-year-old Gertrude T., from St. Paul in Liberia. St. Paul is home to the oldest market in Liberia and is known for its fish, due to its location by the sea. St. Paul is a suburb located just outside Monrovia, past the Freeport. It is one of the poorer areas and you will often find its residents living in sub-standard housing.
Gertrude T. completed 12 grades and she is married. Her husband works as a technician. Gertrude T. has four children, between the ages of 32 and 9. Two of them are in school and they all live at home.
For the past 11 years, Gertrude T. has owned her own table business, selling fish. She will use the loan proceeds to purchase more fish for her business.
On average, she works 11 hours at her business. She started her business with money from her husband. She transports her merchandise by taxi.
Gertrude T. cites low income as her biggest challenge. Her favorite part of her business is the profit-making. In the future, she would like to build a house.