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These days, Guiré finds herself busy running a successful restaurant and providing for her five children. In 2013, before Guiré began participating in the Microfinance program at the Boulkon Epicentre in Burkina Faso, her restaurant was just a small shop serving rice, soup and beans in the village market. Since obtaining a 50,000 CFA franc loan and attending workshops, Guiré has been able to grow her business and become “a great restaurant owner in this market.”

Guiré lives in Koussago village, in the Kirsi commune in central Burkina Faso. Her husband works as a farmer while two of her children attend secondary school and three are in primary school.

With the microfinance loan, Guiré was able to purchase and cook more food to sell every day, increasing her client base and her profits. She was also able to purchase a bicycle to save time on her commute, pay for school fees, and purchase school supplies and clothing for her children. She is able to purchase medicine, condiments and cereal to improve the health and nutrition of her family.

After just one year, Guiré grew her business enough to pay back her original loan and accrued interest. She hopes to continue expanding her restaurant business and contributing to her family’s health and education.

Post courtesy of The Hunger Project Global Office.