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Maame grew up in poverty without an education, yet this has not stopped her from fulfilling her dream of achieving a better life for her and her family.

Currently, Maame is an entrepreneur. She prepares and sells "Banku" for a living. (Banku is a traditional Ghanaian dish 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 Kufur (near Cape Coast).

Maame has identified growing demand among consumers for her banku. Nevertheless she is unable to meet their needs because of a limited inventory. Thus she aims to use her loan to purchase more maize and cassava, therefore enablng her to prepare more of her tasty banku.

Her business enterprise has grown substantially since she began 10 years ago. She uses the income from her business to help her husband raise their eight children. With the new profits from her expanded business, Maame wants to buck the trend by ensuring that all her children will have the opportunity to further distance their family from poverty.

About Ghana

  • $3,500
    Average annual income
  • 26
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    Ghana Loans Fundraising
  • $12,634,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.1
    Ghana Cedis (GHS) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Maame to purchase a greater quantity of maize and cassava, therefore helping her to prepare more of her tasty ‘Banku'.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 5, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2013