Beatrice rests her elbows on the counter in her small ‘duka’ (shop), chatting with the women who come to buy a bag of sugar or a pouch of seasoning. “This is one of the most popular items,” Beatrice notes. “It is small but I sell many in a day!”
Beatrice has just completed her first year in the micro-finance loan program. “The loan has helped me to buy more products for my store and I now have my own goat.”
On Saturday mornings, Beatrice packs up the supplies from her store and heads for the local market. She is quick to share some of her challenges where sometimes the car she hires breaks down or the competition. But Beatrice works hard and people appreciate her jovial spirit. She is proud her success and looks forward to year 2 in the loan program.