On most days, you can find Vida Zah outside the Mawuli Spot, her drinking establishment in Pokuase, Ghana. She smiles and chats and makes her customers feel welcome while they imbibe her sodas, beer and pure water.

Loans from WomensTrust – WE’s former partner bank for the poor in Ghana – have allowed Vida to increase her stock, employ two women and boost her weekly sales. The loans have made it

possible for Vida, 56, to buy larger quantities at one time, a practice that also increases her profits.

Vida is also providing a role model for her three children, who also work with her in her drinking spot.