For as long as she could remember, Naomi wanted to run her own business. Inspired by awful gluten free food, she began to operate a small gluten free bakery that soon became a full time occupation after she lost her day job. She realized that for her business to become her primary source of income, she would need to both scale operations up and reduce her costs.
Two entrepreneurs. Two successful businesses. Both were unable to access financing from mainstream financial institutions. Both are driven entrepreneurs with solid business plans to support their growth. Both have experienced economic and social benefits, and were empowered through capital. The difference was the setting: Ouattara is a client of a microfinance organization based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Ryan is part of a new targeted domestic microfinance project in Toronto, Canada.