Ama is divorced and has four children. Even though she did not receive any formal education, Ama is a successful businesswoman. She prepares and sells ‘Banku’ for a living (a traditional Ghanaian dish made using fermented corn/cassava dough, which is mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth, whitish, consistent paste). She normally sells her ‘Banku’ in Wakrom (near Cape Coast).
Ama has been actively involved in this business for about ten years. As the sole breadwinner in her family, Ama uses her income to provide for the entire family. Ama will use this loan to purchase increased amounts of maize and cassava, thus aiding her to improve her overall sales.
With her new profits from her expanded business, Ama plans to further diversify the type of products that she sells, hence adapting to changing customer preferences.