Patience Mensah is an enterprising entrepreneur who turned her passion for cooking into a thriving business in Koforidua, Ghana. For the past 18 years, Patience has worked as a food vendor to help her husband provide for their two young children. Each day, she prepares a wide variety of local dishes to sell to hungry customers from her roadside stand in her community. Despite having many loyal customers and nearly two decades in business, Patience has struggled to sustain both her business and her family. Her ingredients were expensive and oftentimes, she was not able to purchase enough to feed all of her customers. This limited her income and made it even more difficult to pay her children's school fees and put food on her own family's table.
Patience began to regain hope for her business and her family when she joined Opportunity International. She received training to optimize her personal and business finances, as well as a loan. Patience used her loan to purchase her ingredients in bulk at lower prices, which has reduced her operating costs and given her the means to feed more customers. Her food production and her profits are now higher than ever before, and she plans to save so she can improve her family's quality of life and give her children the best education she can afford.