Nana O. is 47 years old. She is a wife and a mother of five children. She is a resourceful and very enterprising woman. She lives with her family in their family house in Wasa Simpa, a suburb in Tarkwa in the western region of Ghana. Her husband is a crop farmer.
Nana operates a local restaurant and sells local food like banku and okro soup. Banku is prepared from milled maize grains and it is eaten with hot pepper or soup. She says prices of raw materials have gone up significantly and she is no longer able to afford her production expenses. This has harmed the quality of production. She has been in this business for the last six years. She also sells foods, like yam and plantains, in the community marketplace at Tarkwa.
Nana needs a loan to add capital to her business to increase production and maintain quality. She wants to use the loan to buy more raw materials like maize, meat, fish, vegetables and firewood. Nana belongs to a village bank called "Luke." She would be grateful for the assistance. She hopes to receive GH¢1000 to improve her business progress by restocking her inventory.