A loan of $725 helped to purchase an increased quantity of maize and cassava, with which she plans to prepare and sell more banku.

Fatima Ama's story

Fatima Ama is a small-scale ‘banku’ seller. ('Banku' is a traditional Ghanaian dish, made with 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 Ebubonko (near Cape Coast). She has had some formal education, as she is a junior high school graduate. She is married and has two children. Her husband is a driver. Fatima has been preparing and selling ‘banku’ for close to four years. Her income is used to help her husband pay the utility bills and their children’s school fees.

Fatima plans on using her loan to purchase an increased quantity of maize and cassava, which will enable her to meet rising customer demand. She hopes to use the profits from her enterprise to fulfill her dream of establishing a ‘banku’ stand, so she may sell from a fixed location in the future.

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