Ruhayima Tijani works hard to help her husband support their three daughters and one son in Konongo, Ghana. For the past 20 years, she has worked as a food vendor making homemade maize porridge to sell each day. She purchases her ingredients from local suppliers, then sells her porridge from a roadside stand in front of her home each morning. Although she had many loyal customers who frequented her stand, Ruhayima struggled to make ends meet and didn’t have the capital she needed to expand her business.
Ruhayima found the solution to her financial troubles when she joined Opportunity International. She received valuable financial training and a loan to purchase bags of maize and other ingredients in bulk. With larger supplies of maize, Ruhayima has been able to significantly increase her daily food production, giving her enough porridge to feed many more customers and increase her sales. She is proud that all of her hard work has made her business a success, and she plans to save so she can give her children best education she can afford.