This is Gaydou, 47, from Liberia. She lives in Paynesville North, which is a suburb of the capital city of Monrovia. Paynesville North has the largest market in Montserrado County. The area is home to “round time marketers”, traders who travel to the interior to purchase various goods to sell throughout the county. As a result, there is a high concentration of wholesalers in the area who distribute to various markets around Montserrado County, including Monrovia.
She is married with four children. Her children's ages are between 25 and 30. They all are currently attending university.
Gaydou has owned her own table business selling pepper, red oil, and rice for the past five years. She will use the loan proceeds to purchase more pepper, red oil, and rice for her business.
On average, she works 10 hours a day at her business. She started her business with money given to her by her husband. She transports her merchandise by a shared taxi. She cites the rainy season as her biggest challenge. Her favorite part of her business is the profit she makes every time. In the future, she would like to buy a piece of land and build a house.